The PRO-LC Physician and Health Care Provider of the Year Awards, the highest honors given by our organization, are awarded annually to a physician (or practice) and to a health care provider in recognition of “outstanding advocacy which supports, promotes, and protects breastfeeding.” The 2015 award recipients are Dr. Jodi Zisk, DO and Tina Moyer-Fuchs, NNP.
The recipients are selected by the PRO-LC Board of Directors; nominations are sought from the general PRO-LC membership. Criteria considered, when determining who should receive this distinction, include:
- Is the provider knowledgeable about current breastfeeding management practices?
- Does the provider make appropriate referrals (to IBCLCs or a support group) for lactation issues?
- Is the provider receptive to information and research provided by IBCLCs?
- Does the provider promote breastfeeding among his/her colleagues (through lectures, grand rounds, or in other ways)?
- Do mothers report that their provider is supportive of their breastfeeding goals?
- Does the office setting (posters, freebies, magazines) promote breastfeeding – and support the WHO Code [regarding ethical marketing of breastmilk substitutes]?
The Physician of the Year and the Health Care Provider of the Year address PRO-LC at its member meeting in January, when the recipients receive a framed certificate memorializing the award. Recipients are also given lifetime memberships in PRO-LC, one year memberships in ILCA (International Lactation Consultant Association) and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, a copy of the current edition of Hale’s Medications and Mother’s Milk, and a copy of the Philadelphia Breastfeeding Resource Handbook (a.k.a. “The Pink Book”).
Recipients of the PRO-LC Health Practitioner of the Year include:
|2015||Tina Moyer-Fuchs, NNP from Penn State Health, St. Joseph (View Press Release)|
|2014||Ruth Wilf, CNM|
Recipients of the PRO-LC Physician of the Year include:
|2015||Jodi Fisk, DO (View Press Release)|
|2014||Drs. Berger and Fisher|
|2012||Curt Parnes, MD (View Press Release)|
|2011||Mary Kline, MD|
|2010||Kelly Wade (View Press Release)|
|2009||Esther Chung, MD (View Press Release)|
|2008||Gail Herrine, MD (View Press Release)|
|2007||Colleen Gulczynski, DO|
|2006||Delaware Valley Women’s Care [award given to entire practice]
Richard Gersh, MD
Rebecca Gould, MD
Elizabeth Louka, MD
|2005||David Banner, MD|
|2004||Vinod K. Bhutani, MD, FAAP|
|2003||Deborah A. Sandrock, MD (View Press Release)|
|2002||Jeanette Pleasure, MD (View Press Release)|
|2001||Einstein Neighborhood Healthcare [award given to entire practice]
Freyda Neyman, MD
Kathryn Limmer, MD (View Press Release)
|2000||Juliet Marciano, MD (View Press Release)|
|1999||Brad Dyer, MD (View Press Release)|
|1998||Society Hill Pediatrics, P.C.[award given to entire practice]
Janet Crino, MD
Shea Conley, MD
Cynthia Hill, MD
M. Bidi McSorley MD
Elizabeth L. Robbins, MD
Beverly Viscusi, CRNP
|1997||Kids First, Coatesville [award given to entire practice]
Bruce Tilton, MD
Joan Magee, MD
|1996||Penny Soppas, MD [received IBCLC certification 2002]|
|1995||John Ickler, MD [deceased 2000]|
|1994||English Willis, MD|
|1993||Joan Adler, MD|
If you are a PRO-LC member who knows a physician or practice worthy of the distinguished PRO-LC Physician of the Year Award, nominations are accepted year-round. Please use the following form to submit your nomination to the PRO-LC Board of Directors.