Dennis Palmer, D.O., who has been serving the health needs of Aledo and Mercer County residents since 1976, has received the Rural Physician Lifetime of Service Award from the Illinois Rural Health Association.
In a tradition started more than 17 years ago by the National Rural Health Association, the Illinois Rural Health Association has been honoring physicians who exhibit a special commitment to rural healthcare. Award presentation receptions are held every fall in each winner’s community.
Dr. Palmer was recruited to Aledo and Mercer County in 1976 by local community organizations and in conjunction with the National Health Service Corps.
“Dr. Palmer has served in many leadership roles over the years in national and state health organizations while also supporting local organizations in active roles,’’ said Ted Rogalski, administrator, Genesis Medical Center, Aledo. “As a physician, Dr. Palmer has served his patients with a tireless, compassionate and high quality level of care.”
Dr. Palmer’s service has extended beyond U.S. borders, where he has provided medical care to South America countries on many medical mission trips.
Dr. Palmer has helped prepare new physicians as a preceptor of medical students.
“Dr. Palmer was instrumental in providing Board leadership and building community support to save Mercer County Hospital from closing by seeking the partnership with Genesis Health System,’’ Rogalski said. “For that, we are all be grateful.”