OTTAWA, Aug. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Bill Anderson has been recognized with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) 2010 Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Action in recognition of his tireless efforts to educate government, policymakers and the public and to advance healthy public policy.
"The exceptional leadership of Dr. Anderson, his hard work and his unwavering commitment to advocate at both the federal and provincial level in pushing for critical improvements in the health care system are a model for others to emulate," said CMA President, Dr. Anne Doig.
Dr. Anderson recognized early in his medical career that effective patient advocacy is multi-dimensional and that the political arena offers opportunities unavailable elsewhere. In dealing with all levels of government, Dr. Anderson has demonstrated exemplary leadership, commitment and dedication to advancing not only the policies, views and goals of the CMA, but to advancing the field of medicine itself.
"I am truly honored to receive this very prestigious award and I am humbled to be in the same group as the previous nominees", said Dr. Anderson. "As well I am extremely proud to have worked with many physicians and CMA and AMA staff that support our work so tirelessly to improve health care for all Canadians by advocating on their behalf for a better system."
Dr. Anderson's exhaustive list of work with the CMA, Alberta Medical Association (AMA) and the Alberta government includes, President of the AMA (1997-1998); member of the AMA Government Affairs Committee (1996-present) and Chair of that committee from 2002-2008; CMA Board member (1998-2001); member of the CMA Political Action Committee (2001-2009) and Chair of that committee from 2006-2009; member of the provincial government's Standing Policy on Health Committee (1996-1998); member of the Provincial Telehealth Committee (1996-1998) and a member on several joint government and AMA committees.
In 2005, as part of Alberta's Centennial, the Alberta Medical Association and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta honoured Dr. Anderson as one of 100 Physicians of the Century. This award recognized Dr. Anderson for his contribution to the health and vitality of Alberta communities and citizens.
Dr. Anderson was one of the physician leaders for the Save the Grey Nuns Hospital Committee, and helped organize and lead two of the largest public demonstrations in the history of Alberta with over 10,000 people at each. The hospital remained opened and today is a fully functioning hospital of over 300 beds retaining a full ICU, CCU, NICU and many tertiary care programs, including being the sole site for vascular surgery in the Edmonton area.
His work with the Standing Policy on Health Committee afforded him frequent contact and influence with cabinet ministers and caucus members. During that time he gained valuable insight into working with politicians in both formal and informal environments.
As a member and then Chair of the CMA's Political Action Committee, Dr. Anderson demonstrated not only his deep understanding of CMA issues, but his ability to articulate CMA priorities and positions and reconcile those priorities with those of the government and the political landscape of the day.
The Sir Charles Tupper Award was created to recognize physicians who demonstrate exemplary leadership, commitment and dedication to the cause of advancing the policies, views and goals of the CMA at the federal level. Dr. Anderson will receive the CMA's 2010 Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Action at a special ceremony to be held at the Crowne Plaza in Niagara Falls, Ontario on Wednesday, August 25th at the Association's 143rd annual meeting.
SOURCE Canadian Medical Association
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