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Two Alvarado Hospital Medical Center physicians were recently recognized as 2011 San Diego Health Care Champions. Dr. Irwin Goldstein, medical director of the hospital's sexual medicine program, and Dr. Kevin Kelly, medical director of the emergency department were honored during a special ceremony at Paradise Pointe Resort on Oct. 13, 2011.

The San Diego Business Journal's fifth annual Health Care Champion awards recognized individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact on the quality of health care in San Diego County.

Dr. Goldstein was recognized as a Champion in the Health Care Staff category for being an international pioneer in expanding the role of sexual medicine as a recognized medical discipline. Under his guidance, he opened the first hospital-based sexual medicine program in the United States in San Diego dedicated to ensuring that sexual health disorders are treated in a multidisciplinary approach in a hospital-based setting. As the editor in chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Sexual Medicine, he has led international research in the field of sexual health, particularly on vascular disease as it relates to erectile dysfunction in men and hormonal therapies for women.

Dr. Kelly was honored for providing the community with the best emergency care possible in the ER by spearheading process improvements and efficiencies that have resulted in less wait times for patients and incorporated paramedics into the emergency care team. He also volunteers through Surfers' Medical Association, helping to bring supplies and treatment to remote areas.

"Congratulations to these very deserving physicians who have worked hard behind the scenes to bring the best medical care to those in our neighboring communities," said Peter Adamo, Alvarado Hospital administrator. "I am proud to have physicians like them on our medical staff. We have long recognized them for their efforts, but we are glad that San Diego recognizes them now as well."