Doctors' Day 2012 
Friday, 30 March 2012 

The employees of Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett held their annual Doctors’ Day celebration on March 30th.   Activities included a luncheon for the physicians, a departmental Doctors’ Day poster contest, and an artist available to create caricatures of the physicians.

“There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t appreciate the amazing work performed by our physicians,” said Kem Mullins, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett chief executive officer.  “Doctors’ Day gives us a day to say ‘thank you’ for all that they do each and every day.”

In addition to recognizing all members of the hospital’s medical staff for their dedication to their patients and the hospital, it was also an opportunity for Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett to present their Physician of the Year and Physician Leadership awards.

Said Elias, M.D., was named the Physician of the Year.  Dr. Elias has been an internal medicine physician on the Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett staff since the hospital opened in 2004, and was named the hospital’s Physician of the Month in March, 2011.

“During my father’s visits to the emergency room, we were fortunate enough to have Dr. Elias see us,” said a patient’s family member.  “His understanding and straightforwardness was much appreciated by my family.”

“I’ve been on the staff at Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett since they opened, and it feels like home to me,” said Dr. Elias.  “I enjoy taking care of patients at this hospital.”

Melvin Payne, M.D., was presented with the Physician Leadership award.  Dr. Payne has been a surgeon on the medical staff of Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett since 2004, and has served in several positions of leadership.  These include Department Chair of the Medical Executive Board, President Elect of the Medical Executive Committee, and Medical Staff President.

“It’s very humbling to be recognized by my colleagues,” said Dr. Payne.  “Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett has grown significantly in the time I have been here, and it’s been great to play a part in that growth.”