Caldwell Honors Physicians

L-R: Dr. Geoffrey Burbridge, Dr. David Lowry, Dr. Jeffrey Keverline; Dr. William Roper (inset)

At its Annual Medical Staff Awards Dinner on November 18, Caldwell honored three physicians for their service to the health of our community. The 2014 distinctions were awarded to Drs. Burbridge, Keverline, and Lowry.

Parker Williamson, chairman of the board of directors of Caldwell Memorial Hospital and pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Lenoir, set the tone for focus on those who provide exceptional care and their patients with these words of invocation, “So it is fitting that we begin our gathering by offering this prayer to One who transcends us, who has moved us to become instruments of a healing greater than our own, who leads us to care for our friends and neighbors in distress.”

Geoffrey R. Burbridge, MD (left), internal medicine physician with Robbins Medical Park, received the L. Newell Shull, Jr., MD Legacy Award.  He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and is board certified by American Board of Internal Medicine.  Dr. Burbridge received the award from David A. Lowry, MD, chief of staff at Caldwell.  “Dr. Burbridge came to town and jumped right into practice alongside Dr. Stalheim with a strong work ethic and willingness to serve.” Lowry said.   “His presence was the keystone, that piece that locked other pieces in place.”

Jeffrey P. Keverline, MD (right), orthopedic surgeon with Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists, received the George M. Hancock, MD Excellence in Patient Care Award.   He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and is board certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  Dr. Keverline received the award from Mark B. Batts, MD, chief of emergency medicine and former chief of staff at Caldwell.  “Dr. Keverline is an orthopedic surgeon who has lived and worked in this community for 14 years,” Batts said.  “His caring, compassion, and skill have truly made a difference in the lives of his patients and our community.”

David A. Lowry, MD,  (center) internal medicine physician, hospitalist, and chief of staff at Caldwell, received the Donald D. McNeill, Jr. Award for Outstanding Physician Leadership.  He received his medical degree from Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville and is board certified by American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Lowry received the award from David L. Masters, MD, vice chief of staff at Caldwell.  “Dr. Lowry has held several formal titles in leadership.…But it is his informal leadership in our organization that has been transformational,” Masters said.  “David’s reputation is earned through his loyalty, his dedication, his incredible work ethic and his generous spirit.”

“Caldwell is fortunate to have a great Active Medical and Allied Health Staff as evidenced by the service of such physicians as Dr. Burbridge, Dr. Keverline, and Dr. Lowry,” said Laura J. Easton, President and CEO.  “The care they provide is focused on what is best for our patients, and they model that philosophy as leaders across our organization.  It is a privilege to work with them for the betterment of the health of our community.”

The Annual Medical Staff Awards Dinner, held at Cedar Rock Country Club, is hosted by the boards of directors of Caldwell and Caldwell Memorial Hospital Foundation.  The 2014 keynote speaker was William L. Roper, MD, MPH, dean of the School of Medicine and vice chancellor for Medical Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and CEO of the UNC Health Care System (inset).