SAMARITAN HOSTS 4th ANNUAL DINNER TO RECOGNIZE PHYSICIANS
Dr. Collins Kellogg, Jr. to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Watertown, New York ----- Samaritan Medical Center (SMC) will be hosting its fourth annual Physician Recognition Dinner on National Doctors’ Day, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. This event, supported by the SMC Foundation and Medical Executive Committee, is held on or around National Doctors’ Day to honor Samaritan’s active and retired physicians for their dedication.
As part of this event, one physician is selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, which has been established to recognize a Samaritan physician for his/her leadership and service to the health and well-being of the Northern New York community. Whether in their private practice, hospital duties, Board or Medical Staff leadership positions or volunteer work, Samaritan’s physicians dedicate their time and talent to making the community a better place to live.
The 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Collins F. Kellogg, Jr., MD. Dr. Kellogg, an internal medicine physician, has been a member of the SMC Medical Staff since 1987. He is a native of the area, growing up in Lowville, where two of his uncles were General Practitioners. Since first establishing his practice in 1987 in a house on Washington Street with Dr. R.J. Marilley, Dr. Kellogg’s practice of Watertown Internists today includes ten providers and a total of 34 employees. During the 29 years (and counting) that Dr. Kellogg has practiced medicine in Watertown, his efforts have helped ensure access to healthcare services for members of our community, as well as helping to lead efforts to transform the healthcare delivery system in the North Country.
In addition to the Woodruff Professional Building in Watertown, Dr. Kellogg also owns two urgent care centers: one on Coffeen Street in Watertown and the other serving the community of Adams. He has assisted the Fort Drum Regional Planning Organization (FDRHPO) in its efforts to bring electronic health records to many physician offices. He was the primary care physician representative in this collaborative planning group, which today is known as the North Country Initiative, for which he serves as the first and only Board Chairman since the formation of the NCI. Dr. Kellogg also chairs the Board of Directors for Healthcare Partners of the North Country, an Accountable Care Organization responsible for improving the quality and value of healthcare for our Medicare population.
Dr. Kellogg is the Medical Director at Samaritan Summit Village and continues his long-term commitment to Samaritan Medical Center to improve patient safety, quality of care and value of care. He is founder and past chair of the SMC Peer Review and Medical Management Committees.
Dr. Kellogg continues to practice at Watertown Internists with Drs. LaVerne VanDeWall and Julie Lapointe, Laura Boggs and Jason White. They are joined by five nurse practitioners, including Nancy Spicer, Ann Lepine, Kathryn Kolton, Jeff Perrine and Phyl McKinney.
“This event has been established to offer the entire community an opportunity to recognize and thank our physicians for their time, talent and commitment,” states Thomas H. Carman, President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center. “We ask a lot of our physicians. In addition to the day-to-day work in their offices or here at the hospital doing rounds or performing surgery, our physicians actively participate in other initiatives, such as Medical Staff committees, Boards, and other leadership roles. Our community is fortunate to have a Medical Staff of this caliber.”
The Physician Recognition Dinner is being held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30th at Samaritan Summit Village. This event is open to the entire community. Tickets are $45 per person. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Medical Staff Relations Office at SMC at 779-5184 or visit www.samaritanhealth.com/physiciandinner.