ACMH wall honors 5 physicians
By Brigid Beatty
Published: Saturday, April 20, 2013, 12:26 a.m.
EAST FRANKLIN — Five area physicians, along with their families, were honored during ACMH Hospital's unveiling ceremony of a Physician Wall of Honor on Friday.
Plaques bearing their images decorated the wall of honor in an alcove in the corridor of Entrance E.
Hospital President John Lewis paid tribute to physicians past and present who helped affect the lives of those in the community “through mended bone and healed heart.”
Honorees were chosen for the way they reflect the essence of what a true physician is, said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hal Altman.
They are role models, remarkable in terms of their professional dedication and private sacrifice, Altman said.
The five honored were:
• The late Edward Heilman McClister, M.D., one of the hospital's first general practice surgeons, who served for 47 years.
• The late Turney L. Kirkwood, M.D., who was the first to introduce an electrocardiogram to the hospital, and who worked on staff for 39 years.
• James K. Greenbaum, M.D., the hospital's first and foremost pediatrician who served 57 years on staff.
“He created a legacy that is difficult to match,” Altman said.
• John Bono, M.D., the hospital's first and foremost otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist) worked on staff for 36 years.
According to Altman, Bono was legendary among his peers for working night and day.
• Keith Buck, M.D., who worked on staff for 42 years, is renowned for caring for his patients as if they were family from “womb to tomb,” Altman said.
“The first year I came here, he delivered 450 babies,” he said.
The late Dr. McClister's grandson Chase McClister attended Friday's event.
“I'm so honored the hospital recognized him, and all the physicians,” he said after the dedication ceremony.
These physicians have left a legacy through their selfless work and through their healing and compassionate care, Lewis said.
Lewis also credited the honorees' family members for sacrificing family time for the health of the community.
“We absolutely appreciate your years of service,” he said.
Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- District weighs AP test charges
- County board seeks members
- $2,000 gifts benefit homeless vets in Armstrong County
- West Kittanning holds line on taxes
- 103-year-old resident of Kittanning Care Center celebrates long life
- Ford City’s A Mano features cuisine ‘by hand’
- Christmas for Kids receives $1K donation
- Rayburn animal shelter in desperate need of new wheels