By Sally Petty, Washington Times-Herald Staff Writer
It's not just actors and singers who walk the red carpet.
Friday night, local physicians walked the red carpet to receive "Doctors Oscars" in recognition of their work caring for the sick, advancing medical knowledge, promoting good health and supporting the community as part of National Doctors Day, celebrated Friday night.
President George Bush first signed the resolution proclaiming a National Doctors Day in 1990.
After a meal catered by a local restaurant, Ind. Rep. Dave Crooks (D-Washington) jovially emceed the event, starting with several jokes but adding his appreciation of Daviess Community Hospital as a community asset.
"I think the hospital has come a long way in the 12 years I've been here," said Crooks.
As Mary Smith, guru of marketing for DCH, handed the sealed envelopes to Crooks to reveal the winners, the general good humor overflowed.
"Thank you for encouraging me to do more exercise," joked Dr. E.M. Cha after receiving his award for most likely to win a winter sports medal.
Dr. Bill Keating seemed to speak for the crowd when he said he enjoyed the evening.
"It was more fun than is allowable," he laughed.
The idea for a "Doctors Oscars" night, which has been in the works since the first of the year, was the extension of another hospital event, said Smith. For the past three weeks, hospital employees voted for doctors they felt best fit the 17 categories.
And The Winners Were...
The "Oscar" winners were as follows:
Most Likely to Play Doctor on TV, Dr. Van DeJong, OB/GYN; Most Likely to Tickle Your Funny Bone, Dr. Merle Holsopple, family medicine;Looks Good in White Even After Labor Day, Dr. Inez Fabella, internal medicine; Best at Teeing Off, Dr. George Morgan, orthopedics; Most Likely to Play a JCAHO surveyor, Dr. John Clayton, general surgery; Most Likely to be Using a Cell Phone, Dr. Stephen Cullen, family medicine; Biggest High Tech Gadget Guru, Dr. Merlin Coulter; Biggest Car Buff, Dr. Daniel McCarthy, anesthesiology; Most Likely to Win at Jeopardy, Dr. Bryan Porter, family medicine; Most Likely to Play on Survivor, Dr. Jim Spiller, emergency medicine; Biggest Dog Lover, Dr. Anne Kempf, family medicine; Most Likely to Win a Winter Sports Medal, Dr. E.M. Cha, radiology; Related to Most Physicians, Dr. P.K. Samaddar, ear, nose and throat; MostLikely to be a Cowboy, Dr. Larry Sutton, family medicine; Best Gardener, Dr. Richard Potts, family medicine; Best Seamstress, Dr. Suporn, emergency medicine; and Best Chef, Dr. Bonnie Knopinski, family medicine.
Dr. Stephen Cullen, Washington Family Medicine Physician, says a few words after receiving his oscar for Most Likely to be Using a Cell Phone