Date: April 16, 2024
Categories: Press Release

FISHERSVILLE, Virginia – On April 10, 2024, in recognition of 2024 Doctor’s Day, Augusta Health took a moment to appreciate doctors’ hard work and dedication at a medical staff meeting at the Blackburn Inn. Welcoming remarks from the Augusta Health Medical Staff President, Jason Lawrence, MD, Augusta Health Credentials Committee Chair, Brian Stisser, MD, Augusta Health President and CEO, Mary N. Mannix, FACHE, and Augusta Health Chief Physician Executive Clint Merritt, MD, included thanking all providers for their years of dedication to Augusta Health, some of whom have been offering health care to this community for over 30 years.

Doctor’s Day Awards in Excellence were presented in three categories: outstanding clinical care, a role model for teamwork, and exceptional bedside manner. These recognitions focused on demonstrating outstanding clinical care and teamwork with colleagues and team members. Before the April 10 meeting, providers were encouraged to nominate a Physician or an Advanced Practice Provider for these Doctor’s Day Awards in Excellence, and over fifty local providers were nominated. A selection committee reviewed nominations, and a provider and advanced practice provider were announced for each category.

Medical Staff President Jason Lawrence, MD, presented awards to the following:

Outstanding Clinical Care
Kristin Turza, MD (Augusta Health Surgery)
Margaret Spory, PA (Augusta Health Hospitalist)

Exceptional Bedside Manner
Christopher Bunn, DO (Augusta Health Cardiology)
Kimberly Powell, PA (Augusta Health Mobile Clinic/Urgent Care)

Role Model for Teamwork
Stephanie Pitsilos, MD (Augusta Health Staunton Medical Associates)
Joe Surratt, NP (Augusta Health Gastroenterology)

“When we look at the providers at Augusta Health, we see incredible expertise and longevity of commitment to our community,” said Merritt. “The care our physicians and advanced practice providers bring to their daily work and the relationships they develop with patients and families are at the heart of our success as a community health system. I am incredibly grateful for their dedication, long work hours, and high standards of compassion and quality. Congratulations to this evening’s award winners— they are local role models for many of us.” 

To learn more about Augusta Health’s active medical staff, please visit www.augustahealth.com/find-a-provider.