Pardee Hospital Foundation named Dr. James Caserio as the 2014 Health Care Physician of the Year at the annual donor recognition event held at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock on June 21, 2014.
Pardee Hospital Foundation's Board of Directors presents this award each year to a member of the community that has made an outstanding contribution to Pardee Hospital, the Pardee Hospital Foundation and for the improvement of the community's health care. Last year, the inaugural award winner was Dr. Ken Shelton. The award presented by the Pardee Hospital Foundation, in collaboration with First Citizens Bank, is designed to recognize a physician at Pardee Hospital whose career has been defined by medical excellence, dedication to compassionate care and a commitment to improving the lives of countless people throughout the community.
Dr. Caserio has been described as a constant student, with a thirst for learning. Dr. Caserio will frequently spearhead educational programs on high interest medical topics, focused on honing his own skills along with the skills of every level of caregiver at the hospital. He has served as Chairman of the Internal Medicine Executive Committee, Chaired the Congestive Heart Failure Committee and provided oversight of the Pavilion Adult Day Care Center.
Dr. Caserio described the calling of a physician best by saying, "If I had to declare a mission statement of internal medicine, I would have to say that as a profession it is a 'calling or avocation' rooted in the legacy of being a healing, compassionate physician dedicated to holistic and dignified sensitive care of all people...for what we do for people by providing them with health care is to expand their capability to pursue life from premature death or illness."
Nominations were submitted by the public, with individuals writing letters on behalf of the candidate highlighting personal character along with the personal and professional activities of the nominee. Nominees are then evaluated on qualities within the categories of clinical care, teaching and education, research and scholarship, medical society service, health promotion and disease prevention, services to allied health professions, community service and philanthropic activity. The Judging committee is comprised of the Pardee's Chief Medical Officer, Pardee's Chief of Staff, physician member of the Pardee Foundation Board, First Citizens Bank representative and the Executive Director of the Pardee Hospital Foundation.
We are pleased to congratulate Dr. James Caserio on receiving the 2014 Physician of the Year Award by the Pardee Hospital Foundation.