The Board of Directors of the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation announced Jacksonville’s Dr. Jim Burt as a 2017 Excellence in Medicine award winner on April 17, 2017. Specifically, Dr. Burt will receive the Jack B. McConnell, MD Award for Excellence in Volunteerism for his dedication to helping Northeast Florida’s working uninsured and co-founding Volunteers in Medicine-Jacksonville.
According to the AMA, the 2017 Excellence in Medicine Awards honor physicians who represent the highest values of altruism, compassion and dedication to patient care. Selected from an awe-inspiring caliber of nominees from around the country, Dr. Burt’s honor speaks volumes in recognizing his dedication to the profession of medicine.
Urologist Dr. Jim Burt retired from the McIver Clinic in 2001, but has long been active in community affairs and advocacy for the medically underserved. Appointed by Florida Governors and Mayors, he’s served on Judicial Nominating Committees, the Fourth Judicial Circuit, the Florida Board of Medicine, and various task forces.
“This award means so much to Dr. Burt and to all of us at Volunteers in Medicine, too,” said Dottie Dorion, co-founder of the free downtown clinic. “Dr. Burt and I met Dr. Jack McConnell, Volunteers in Medicine’s national founder in 2002 when our clinic was just a dream. That Jim is receiving this amazing honor, 15 years later, makes us indescribably proud.”
In light of the uncertainty surrounding future access to healthcare and its skyrocketing related costs, the Volunteers in Medicine model is increasingly relevant. It brings retired and active medical professionals together in a volunteer capacity to provide treatment to the often overlooked populations– the working uninsured. The Volunteers in Medicine model for free family medical care is hugely successful in reducing emergency room visits and acute care urgencies for this vulnerable population, keeping hard-working people healthy and employed. This represents a significant savings to taxpayers and area hospitals. While patients are qualified based on financial need, Volunteers in Medicine is not an entitlement program- and patients or a member of their family work and have “skin in the game.”
“We congratulate Dr. Burt on this fantastic and deserved honor,” said Mary Pat Corrigan, CEO of Volunteers in Medicine. She continued, “And on behalf of the patients we serve daily, and the volunteers and staff of the clinic, we’d like to thank Dr. Burt for his incredible vision, his caring heart and his countless hours serving our community’s most vulnerable population. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude and are thrilled that he will be recognized for his outstanding humanity by his peers,” Corrigan concluded.
Dr. Burt will receive this prestigious national honor at American Medical Association’s Annual Meeting on Friday, June 9th in Chicago.
-written by Volunteers in Medicine-Jacksonville
Volunteers in Medicine-Jacksonville is a full service clinic providing FREE outpatient primary and specialty medical services to Northeast Florida’s vulnerable, working uninsured individuals and their families to keep them healthy, employed and out of our hospital emergency rooms.