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ACMH wall honors 5 physicians

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



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