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e-Reports, Oct. 9, 2012
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Elkhart physician excels at community service
Known for his compassion and generosity toward people in his community, Elkhart ophthalmologist Richard C. Boling, M.D., was chosen to receive the ISMA Physician Community Service Award.

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Richard C. Boling, M.D., with Vice Speaker Heidi Dunniway, M.D.

His selection was announced during the ISMA’s annual convention, Sept. 16 in Indianapolis.

Dr. Boling was commended for his service in organizations that help at-risk teens, to instill in students values, accountability and responsibility.

In addition, Dr. Boling volunteers for the Work Day Sponsorship for Kids program that helps underprivileged students earn money by providing work opportunities.

His staff who nominated him wrote: “Selfless in nature and an eternal optimist at heart, Dr. Boling sees the good in humanity and strives to touch the lives of others.”

The annual Physician Community Service Award honors an Indiana physician who has made outstanding civic, cultural, social or economic contributions to the community.


Specialty society director is patient advocate champion
A former lobbyist and now executive director of the Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology (IAO), Kim Williams was presented the Patient Health Advocate Award during the House of Delegates meeting Sept. 16.

Kim Williams with House Speaker John Wernert, M.D.

For nearly 25 years, Williams has been instrumental in handling patient health and safety issues by defending existing legislation and rules that benefit patients, and by helping to defeat bills that would be harmful.

Additionally, she has served on committees and commissions that work to improve access to health care for children and adults.

Evansville ophthalmologist William Penland, M.D., who nominated Willliams, noted, “Kim’s skill and enthusiasm in handling patient health and safety issues has been remarkable. She has been a valuable member of the medical advocacy team for nearly 25 years.”

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