Jones named 'Family Physician of the Year'
The Idaho Academy of Family Physicians recently named Dr. Andrew Jones ‘Family Physician of the Year, 2007.’ The IAFP, formed in Boise 59 years ago, has 550 active family physician members across the state and recognized Dr. Jones for his contribution in practicing full scope family medicine and teaching family medicine residents. Dr. Jones received this prestigious award on Saturday, May 19th at the annual IAFP officer installation luncheon.
“Dr Jones was very honored and in his acceptance speech he expressed his appreciation to his fellow physicians, supporting staff, patients, and especially his family,” said Dr. Haley Minnehan, who was present, along with Dr. Jack Secrest, at the award luncheon.
Dr. Jones joined the staff of St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics, Cottonwood, in 1989. He sees patients in the Cottonwood, Nezperce, Elk City and Kamiah clinics, in addition to performing general and laparoscopic surgery and endoscopy. He also has an active OB practice, volunteers for the TAR WARS anti-tobacco program and serves on the Board of Directors for the Idaho perinatal project and the Idaho Colon Cancer Prevention Task Force. Dr. Jones is an avid teacher for family medicine residents and was recently appointed as a University of Washington School of Medicine clinical professor of rural family medicine.
As a youngster, Dr. Jones decided he wanted to be a doctor. “When I was a child our closest family friend was an osteopathic physician and I was constantly pretending to give my playmates shots, so it was just meant to be,” said Jones. “I decided to become a family practice doctor and further my education and experience to perform surgeries. I think it helps our patients to have a local resource for various surgical procedures. I love being a doctor and working with my patients and their families.”
Dr. Jones graduated in 1983 from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirskville, Missouri which was chartered in 1892 as the first school of its kind in the United States. He completed internship and family practice residency in Flint, Michigan. Following residency, he served as an Air Force Medical Officer at Hills AFB in Utah for three years. He remained in the Air Force Reserves until 1996.
“Dr. Jones cares very deeply about his patients. He has excellent rapport with them and they appreciate not only his experience and knowledge, but his passion and concern for their welfare. He is deserving of this award and we’re glad he has been recognized for his hard work over the years,” said Casey Meza, CEO, St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals.
According to Neva Santos, IAFP Executive Director, the Family Physician of the Year is selected for their ability to provide patients with compassionate, comprehensive and caring family medicine on a continuing basis. He has been nominated for the national ‘Family Physician of the Year’ which will be announced by the American Academy of Family Physicians in March, 2008.