The AGS 2018 Clinician of the Year was Dr J Eugene Lammers, who is Medical Director and Primary Care Physician at Mercy LIFE of Alabama, where he is part of an interdisciplinary team caring for 175 older adults.
Peter Sayer reports from the 2018 American Geriatrics Society annual scientific meeting, Orlando, Florida.
Ellen Flaherty, AGS Board Chair, said: “Dr. Lammers has led care at health systems across the US, and has consistently been recognised for seeking out better means to deliver care in his communities. That desire to improve person-centered care for us all as we age is a hallmark of the AGS, just as Dr Lammers is an exemplar of what we value in exceptional geriatrics clinicians.”
Dr Lammers has pioneered innovative approaches to care but also has worked ardently to ensure that all members of his healthcare teams are fully empowered and able to embrace their roles in promoting health and independence for older people.
Among many responsibilities, he presently oversees quality of care for the Mercy LIFE of Alabama PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), with its focus on helping chronically ill, under-resourced older individuals who are trying to stay in the community and avoid the nursing home. He is recognised nationally by his PACE peers, serving as a board member for Mercy LIFE-West Philadelphia and as a volunteer member of the Clinical Advisory Committee for the Care Kinesis PACE Pharmacy. He also has been a frequent collaborator for presentations at the National PACE Association.
He said: “I have been so fortunate throughout my career to work with peers in nursing, social work, rehabilitation, pharmacy, and other fields that have made it possible to provide the highest quality of care for frail older adults.”
The AGS Clinician of the Year Award recognises exceptional health professionals who deliver outstanding care to older adults and who model the importance of geriatrics in the US. It is one of several honors conferred by the AGS at its Annual Scientific Meeting. The 2018 award recipients include more than 15 health leaders representing the depth and breadth of disciplines championing care for older adults.