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American Medical Association Honors Miami Valley Hospital Physician

Ted Wymyslo M.D. Named One of Four Physicians in America to Receive Honor

Dayton, OH- Theodore Wymyslo, M.D., a member of the Miami Valley Hospital medical staff, is a recipient of the 2006 Pride in the Profession Award. Presented by the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation, the award is made to a physician who aids in providing medical care to underserved populations in the United States. The AMA Foundation presents the award in association with the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative.

According to the AMA, The Pride in the Profession Award was created to honor physicians who, through their service, have brought a sense of pride to the medical profession and whose actions promote the art and science of medicine and the advancement of public health.

The award will be presented to Dr. Wymyslo Sunday, March 12, at the 2006 Excellence in Medicine Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Wymyslo, one of only four physicians to receive the award in 2006, is being honored for his efforts in helping the indigent, disabled and disadvantaged in the Dayton community. In 1994, Dr. Wymyslo, who specializes in Family Medicine, collaborated with Syed Ahmed, M.D., to establish the Reach Out of Montgomery County program. Funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the two doctors recruited physician volunteers to provide care to low-income patients with little or no health insurance at two model sites in Dayton, East Dayton Health and Drew Health Center. Critical to program startup was support from the Montgomery County Medical Society, Wright State University School of Medicine and the Combined Health District of Montgomery County.

Eleven years after being established, the Reach Out of Montgomery County program has 450 active volunteers serving four clinics in the Dayton area and 40 specialists who care for Reach Out's patients at no charge. Since the program began, 20,084 patient visits have been made.

Dr. Ahmed nominated his colleague for the AMA award and says, "Dr. Wymyslo's stewardship and core values have committed him to caring for the underserved. He has given back three times what he has taken in during the 23 years he has practiced medicine in our community."

Besides his role with Reach Out of Montgomery County, Dr. Wymyslo serves as director of Miami Valley Hospital Family Practice Residency Program and is director of the Miami Valley Hospital Berry Family Health Center. He is also Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Wright State University School of Medicine.

Dr. Wymyslo is a native of Toledo, OH, and is a graduate of The Ohio State University School of Medicine. He and his wife are residents of Tipp City