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Physicians honored for service with Pillar Awards
Photo caption: Adventist GlenOaks Hospital honored, from left, Dr. Linh O'Connor, Dr. Dale Liaugminas, Dr. Theodore Suchy, Dr. Sunil Matiwala and Dr. Budeiah Botla with Physician Pillar Awards on May 15.

Glendale Heights – Five physicians were honored for their work at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital with Physician Pillar Awards.

The winners were announced during the hospital’s annual General Medical Staff Meeting and Dinner May 15 at Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca.

Employees can nominate medical staff members whom they deem to be outstanding in fulfilling the hospital’s mission and values in their professional and personal lives, said Dr. Theodore Suchy, president of the Adventist GlenOaks Hospital medical staff.

Employees are given criteria to nominate physicians in five areas – Inclusiveness, Integrity, Excellence, Christian Service and Stewardship.

“These are special physicians whom employees believe have dedicated themselves to particular areas of expertise,” Suchy said.

The following were honored for their work:

Dr. Linh N. O’Connor, Inclusiveness: A surgeon from Oak Park, Dr. O’Connor has been a member of Adventist Health Partners since 2012. She respects patient privacy, is trustworthy and works well within a team environment, according to the staff. “Dr. O’Connor creates an environment of teamwork and respects everyone in the operating room,” according to her nomination.

“It’s amazing to receive this recognition from my colleagues, and I appreciate the kind words of the staff in their nomination,” O’Connor said. “It’s only with the cooperative work of all that we can successfully care for the patients who come to us in need.”

Dr. Budeiah Botla, Integrity: An anesthesiologist from Northbrook, Dr. Botla has practiced at the hospital since 2006 and is the vice chairman of the anesthesiology department. He has more than 30 years of experience. “He makes himself available post call to help out on a busy day,” according to his nomination. “We can always count on him whenever we have a difficult IV start and for any pre-op needs.”

“I thank the hospital for this honor and appreciate the kind words from those who nominated me,” Botla said. “I do my best to make myself available whenever I am needed and I appreciate that others have recognized this effort.”

Dr. Dale Liaugminas, Excellence: An obstetrician from Wheaton who has treated patients at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital since 1982, Dr. Liaugminas has been chairman of the obstetrics and gynecology department off and on for the past 25 years, continuously since 2005. He always considers the opinions of nurses and is respectful of their opinions. “He is wonderful to work with and makes our work day enjoyable regardless of how busy we are,” according to his nomination.

“I try to support our nurses in every way I can and it’s only with their help that we can meet the needs of our patients,” Liaugminas said. “I appreciate this recognition from the hospital very much.”

Dr. Theodore Suchy, Christian Service: An orthopedic surgeon from Naperville, Dr. Suchy is the president of the Adventist GlenOaks Hospital medical staff and has been at the hospital since 1987. His recent participation in Adventist Midwest Health’s mission trip to Honduras exemplified his living of the organization’s mission. “Dr. Suchy goes above and beyond not only to ensure his patients are ready for surgery, but he pays special attention to their post-op condition,” according to his nomination.

Suchy said his experience on this year’s mission trip was truly humbling. It was in the faces of his fellow volunteers that he saw Christ’s mission at work, he said.

“As I watched them care for, pray with and share their love with the people of Honduras I felt the presence of God,” he said. “I know that I received much more than I gave.”

Dr. Sunil Matiwala, Stewardship: An internal medicine physician from Carol Stream, Dr. Matiwala has worked at the hospital since 2007. He is always improving care through existing and new patient processes. “He shows great respect to our patients and staff when conducting medical consults in Behavioral Health,” according to his nomination. “His ability and willingness to collaborate with the entire treatment team allows the highest quality of patient care.”

“Working together is the only way to ensure that our patients receive the care they need,” Matiwala said. “This award from the hospital belongs as much to the team as it does to me.”

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.

Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.

Media contact: Chris LaFortune, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, christopher.lafortune@ahss.org; (630) 856-2354.