LOUISVILLE – The Kentucky Medical Association will recognize legendary Appalachian community health activist Eula Hall along with physicians from across the state during the KMA Leadership Dinner Saturday night. Theodore Miller, M.D., Ph.D., of Edgewood will be installed as KMA President and Patty Pellegrini of Lexington will be installed as KMA Alliance President during the leadership dinner.
Hall, 87, of Floyd County, will receive the KMA Debra K. Best Outstanding Layperson Award. She is best known for founding the Mud Creek Clinic in rural Floyd County in 1973. Big Sandy Healthcare, which now operates the clinic, started two funds to honor Hall. The Eula Hall Patient Assistance Fund covers health care costs for uninsured and indigent patients and the Eula Hall Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance for area students pursuing careers in health care or social services.
Linda H. Gleis, M.D., of Louisville, will receive the KMA Distinguished Service Award. Gleis, a physician at the Louisville Veterans Administration Medical Center in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, is the secretary-treasurer of the KMA Board of Trustees.
Monica A. Shaw, M.D., M.A., FACP, of Louisville, senior associate dean for the University of Louisville School of Medicine, will receive the KMA Educational Achievement Award during the Kentucky Physicians Leadership Academy luncheon Saturday afternoon.
KMA also will recognize physicians who have completed the KMA Community Connector Leadership Program, which prepares and supports physicians in leadership roles and offers grants to nonprofit organizations. Members of this year’s class are Mary Helen Davis, M.D., of Louisville, John Johnstone, M.D., of Richmond, Theodore H. Miller, M.D., Ph.D., of Edgewood, James Patrick Murphy, M.D., of Louisville, Nancy Swikert, M.D., and Donald Swikert, M.D., both of Union.