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AHH/ALMH physicians lauded for dedication, service excellence
Hinsdale – Six physicians who treat patients at Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital were recognized for outstanding dedication and service excellence. Nominated by hospital staff and chosen by the executive team, these physicians clearly demonstrate they are living the mission of Adventist Midwest Health in their personal and professional lives.

Burr Ridge resident Dr. Colleen Hagen, a general surgeon, was awarded the inaugural value award in integrity. Hagen has been affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital since 1981. She also treats patients at Adventist La Grange Memorial and Adventist Bolingbrook.

According to Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Rick Wright, Hagen was selected because of the degree of “patience, care and concern” that she gives to all of her patients.

“One patient said that she felt like she was Dr. Hagen’s only patient,” Wright said. “This shows us how Dr. Hagen focuses on the individual, and treats all her patients with respect. She also gives of her time, heart and expertise on her mission trips, where she provides medical care to poor and under-served populations in developing nations.”

Hagen said she was honored to receive the award.

“When I’m in an exam room with a patient, the clock isn’t running,” Hagen said. “I give as much time as I need to in order to answer all of a patient’s questions. I treat a lot of patients with breast cancer and sometimes they are in shock.”

Dr. Lanny Wilson and Dr. Richard Ready shared the inaugural physician value award in compassion.

A specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, Wilson has been treating patients at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital for 30 years. He is on the hospital’s credential committee, and he also serves in the community. He is vice president of the DuPage County Board of Health and he heads the DuPage Railroad Safety Council. He is a resident of Hinsdale.

“Bringing children into the world is a gift from God, and there seems to be no better person to assist in this than Dr. Wilson,” said Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Chief Executive Officer David L. Crane. “He also volunteers his time on mission trips and in the community, helping to save lives at railroad crossings.”

Wilson is scheduled to go on Adventist Midwest Health’s medical mission trip to Costa Rica in January.

“To be given the first award in compassion, along with my good friend Dr. Ready, is such a compliment,” Wilson said. “If my epitaph said that I was a compassionate physician, it would be good enough. Compassion is one of the most important values a physician can have.”

Hinsdale resident Dr. Richard Ready has been medical director of the New Day Center program at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital since 1986. He is a specialist in addictionology, and is responsible for both inpatient and outpatient care for patients being treated for addiction to alcohol or drugs.

Crane called Ready “an incredible healer and giver.”

“On countless occasions, Dr. Ready has gone above and beyond that which would be expected of, or hoped for, by any patient,” Crane said.

“When people have addictions they have lost control, they are beaten down and they have lost their self-respect,” Ready said. “I try to build them up. I tell them they will have a wonderful life ahead if they can get this problem solved.”

Dr. John “Jack” Payne, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, received the award for stewardship. He lives in Western Springs and has been practicing medicine since 1981. Payne said it is “still a thrill” to be delivering babies; his late father also delivered babies at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

“Communication is key in the doctor/patient relationship,” he said. “We need to take the information we learned in medical school, during residency, and in continuing education and use it to help patients get healthy, and help them stay healthy.”

Dr. Mita Majmundar, director of breast imaging and intervention at Adventist Midwest Health, received the award for excellence. Majmundar has been with the Adventist system for two years. She initiated breast MRI biopsies at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and also lobbied to purchase a dedicated breast ultrasound machine adjacent to the hospital’s mammography department for the convenience of patients. Her next project is acquisition of digital mammography equipment at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

Educating patients about breast health related issues and being able to provide cutting edge technology to patients is extremely important to Majmundar.

“My main goal is to diagnose breast cancer at the earliest stage possible,” said Majmundar, who lives in Oak Brook. “I enjoy my daily interactions with patients and addressing their questions and concerns about breast health.”

Naperville resident Dr. Rajeev Kumar, who won the award for inclusiveness, has been with the hospitals since 2000 and works in internal medicine with geriatric patients. He is also medical director of Adventist St. Thomas Hospice and works on an inter-disciplinary team in creating care plans for terminally ill patients.

“This award is very special because it comes from my peers,” Kumar said.