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Dr. Hubert Seiler awarded nationally

March 13, 2014
Pierce County Tribune

Each year The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) honors outstanding individuals and organizations in the field of rural health who have dedicated their time and talents to improving the health and well being of others. Previous recipients have stretched the boundaries of possibility by forging innovative programs and services, making rural life healthier and more compassionate.

Heart of America Medical Center is proud to announce that of Dr. Hubert Seiler is the recipient of the 2014 National Rural Health Practitioner of the Year Award.

"It's an honor to receive this national award and it's something that small town practicing physicians don't often get recognized for," Seiler said. "I've been a rural health physician for my entire career, over 40 years. I knew that I wanted to be in a place where I could practice all types of family medicine and rural health allows for that."

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NRHA's Rural Health Practitioner of the Year Award recognizes a direct service provider for leadership in bringing health services to rural populations. The practitioner award is meant to be inclusive of all health disciplines (e.g. dentistry, optometry, nursing, etc.). Factors taken into consideration include providing outstanding care, involvement in the community and lasting contributions to the health care system.

"I feel that collaboration in medicine is crucial," Seiler said. "It's always been my practice style to collaborate with others. Working together with fellow providers, nurses and other departments is what I prefer; it's more like a team approach."

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is a national nonprofit membership organization with more than 20,000 members. The association's mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues. NRHA membership consists of a diverse collection of individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.

Seiler will be honored at the 37th Annual Rural Health Conference in Las Vegas, April 22-25. Two days after he receives his award Dr. Seiler will travel to Costa Rica to help build houses with Habitat for Humanity.

- Heart of America Medical Center



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