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Alvarado Hospital’s Dr. Richard Butcher Achieves the Gary F. Krieger Speakers’ Recognition Award for his Years of Leadership

During the 138th Annual Session of the California Medical Assocation House of Delegates, the CMA honored Alvarado Hospital’s Dr. Richard Butcher with the Gary F. Kreiger Speakers’ Recognition Award. The award was established in 2002 in honor of Dr. Krieger, a physician who was a passionate advocate for Medi-Cal and patient care.

The award is given to one physician each year that provides outstanding leadership to his fellow physicians to CMA. Dr. Butcher was recognized for his continuing leadership in advancing the cause of key healthcare issues such as access to care, quality and physician training.

“Dr. Butcher is fellow family physician who has taught me and others, that it really is true that one person who has the intelligence and the perseverance and the integrity to lead others, can make a difference. I was honored to select him as this year’s award recipient,” said Dr. James Hay, CMA Speaker of the House.

Dr. Butcher has served as president of the Golden State Medical Association and the National Medical Association. He is an active member of his specialty society. He was one of the founders of a non-profit corporation to provide discounted and free services for the uninsured patients in his community. He is a community activist, who along with his wife, an Alliance leader and activist herself, has been one of the most respected leaders for community improvement.

“I’m honored to receive this very prestigious recognition,” said Dr. Butcher. “I’m very heartened to be a recipient and among such company.”

During more than 30 years of practice, Dr. Krieger had been a vigorous advocate of Medi-Cal. He worked hard to ensure patient access and physician interest in the program. He felt strongly that we, as a society, must provide decent health care coverage to all. He gave many hours of his time advocating for the uninsured.

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