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Jennifer Savino, DO, Conemaugh Physician Group – Emergency Medicine, has been named Physician of the Year for 2019 by the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians (PACEP) Board of Directors. The award recognizes emergency clinicians of unusual merit who pursue the ideal of emergency medicine (pacep.net). Dr. Savino attended the annual PACEP awards dinner in King of Prussia to receive her recognition.
“It is a true honor to have been nominated and selected as Emergency Physician of the Year for Pennsylvania,” said Dr. Savino. “We have a strong team at Conemaugh, everyone working together. We strive each day to meet the needs of our patients and keep advancing with best practices for emergency medicine.”
Dr. Savino is the Chair for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, 1086 Franklin Street, Johnstown. Conemaugh Memorial is the only Level One Trauma Center between Pittsburgh and Hershey. Services available at Conemaugh are the same as services offered in larger cities and have documented excellent outcomes regionally and nationally.
To be eligible for this award, the physician must uphold high professional standards, maintain an active clinical practice of emergency medicine, practice and promote high quality emergency medical care, promote the public image of emergency medicine, and be active in community service and education.
The PACEP is a chapter of the American College of Emergency Medicines (ACEP), and “is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research, and public education” (pacep.net). The medical society supports emergency medicine physicians, advocates for patient care and public health, provides leadership in continuing medical education, graduate medical education, and research, and works to advance the state EMS system.
In addition to Dr. Savino’s recognition, Daniel Wehner, MD, former chair of Conemaugh Memorial’s Department of Emergency Medicine earned the PACEP David Blunk Award for Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medicine. The recognition is the highest that can be awarded by the PACEP and is the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. The award recognizes a physician who has made a significant contribution to the practice or body of knowledge of emergency medicine, or has provided exceptional advocacy to enhance the delivery of emergency care in Pennsylvania (pacep.net).
“We have outstanding physicians at Conemaugh, and it’s gratifying to see two of them recognized,” said Dr. Susan Williams, Chief Medical Officer, Conemaugh Health System. “We are proud to offer the quality of care, expertise, and technology that people expect in larger cities, right here in Johnstown.”