January 29, 2016 -
PORT ANGELES – Mark Fischer, MD, board-certified internal medicine and pulmonary medicine physician, recently received the 2016 Outstanding Pulmonary Clinician of the Year award from the Washington Thoracic Society.
The award is given annually by the Society to an outstanding physician practicing pulmonary or critical care medicine in the state of Washington.
"Dr. Fischer received this award because he is highly regarded among his pulmonary colleagues for his expertise, integrity and sincere concern for the welfare of his patients,” says Tony Gerbino, MD, Head of Section of Pulmonary Medicine at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and the current president of Washington Thoracic Society. "Dr. Fischer is not only considered an outstanding pulmonary physician, but an outstanding internist and thoughtful leader. As much as anything, Mark is highly esteemed for his longstanding and steadfast commitment to the health of the Port Angeles community.”
The Washington Thoracic Society is the state chapter of the American Thoracic Society, the premier society for those practicing in pulmonary and critical care medicine in the United States. The Washington Thoracic Society consists of physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists who practice pulmonary medicine and critical care in Washington State.
The award is given during the annual Winter Lung Conference that occurs every January in Leavenworth, Washington.
"Dr. Fischer is an incredibly dedicated physician and we are very fortunate to have had him providing excellence in medicine for many years here in our community,” says Eric Lewis, chief executive officer, Olympic Medical Center. "He is a thought-leader and physician champion for many of our initiatives here at Olympic Medical Center, most recently with implementation of Epic electronic health records. He is also a staunch advocate of the Triple Aim, a framework adopted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to improve the patient experience, improve the health of populations and reducing the costs of health care.”
Dr. Fischer will be recognized for this achievement at 12:30 p.m. on February 3 by the Board of Commissioners meeting in Linkletter Hall in the lower level conference room area at Olympic Memorial Hospital.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral center, and a charter member of both the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (2003) and the Swedish Health Network (2011). Olympic Medical provides inpatient services at its 67-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.