We’ve lived through difficult days the past year as health care reform and reimbursement cuts threatened business as usual in doctors’ offices. But the year’s end offers an ideal time to pause and recall those humanitarian reasons that prompted the choice of medicine as your profession.
For models of caring, we need look no further than the membership of our organization. Each year, it’s an easy task for ISMA Reports to identify and spotlight physicians whose personal and professional lives reflect favorably on us all. May their stories inspire you to continue to help safeguard the well-being of your community in another year.
Michael Mastrangelo, M.D., Fort Wayne
|Michael Mastrangelo, M.D.
As a volunteer and board member with the Matthew 25 Health Clinic, Dr. Mastrangelo has helped care for uninsured and low-income citizens for 19 years, and has long been devoted to making his community a better place.
In 1993, he received the Cornerstone Award from Lutheran Health Foundation “for lifetime contributions of significant impact on growth and development of
Lutheran Hospital.” He accepted the Cor Vitae Award from the American Heart Association in 2004 for “accomplishments and commitment to fighting heart disease and stroke.”
Dr. Mastrangelo has served as president of the Fort Wayne Medical Society and its Foundation, earning the respect of colleagues.
William Clark, M.D., his friend, noted, “He brings compassion, enthusiasm and good executive skills to everything he does.”
Dr. Mastrangelo used those skills over the years to benefit the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Since first accepting a board seat in 1992, he has served in many leadership positions, including board chairman. “He has had a profound and lasting impact on the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and helped guide the organization through some challenging transitions,” said Christy Sandmaier, director of Development and Marketing.
Three years ago, the Foellinger Foundation, which serves non-profits devoted to children and families, made him the second recipient of the Carl Rolson Award, presented annually to honor community leaders.
Other organizations to benefit from Dr. Mastrangelo’s tireless efforts include Junior Achievement of NE Indiana, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne.
Stephen Glaser, M.D., Batesville
|Stephen Glaser, M.D.
Donating time over the years as team physician, mentor, bingo worker and free clinic volunteer, Dr. Glaser has become a model of community service for Ripley County. In 1983, he helped create Family Connections clinic for the uninsured and underinsured.
Clinic director for 13 years, he remains an advocate for poor families and children. “There are people who need medical care and find it very difficult to obtain; a free clinic can be very helpful,” he said.
For a quarter century, Dr. Glaser has been a preceptor for medical students, recruiting and guiding more young physicians for his profession.
“Through the mentor program at Batesville High School, students shadow us, and medical students come for a month three times a year,” noted Dr. Glaser. He welcomes young people to help them understand what a rural physicians’ life is all about. But he helps local schools in other ways too.
Whether its basketball, volleyball or another sport, Dr. Glaser can be found on the sidelines, watching for injuries and delivering immediate care. He attends about 60 games a year – at home and away. He also does sports physicals at reduced cost for athletes who want to play but cannot afford the exam.
And there’s bingo! Helping to run the fundraisers at his local church is one way he supports the parish.
For all his efforts, Dr. Glaser received the 2009 Indiana Rural Health Association Public Service Award for excellent clinical competence, professional dedication and outstanding community service.
|Indiana’s future physicians are learning about community service
|Getting acquainted with service-learning and fellowship, teams of first- and second-year medical students gathered for a class project Nov. 6. Some painted, cleaned and repaired the Neighborhood Fellowship Church on the northeast side of downtown Indianapolis; others worked at John H. Boner Community Center for the elderly, disabled and homeless, and the IU Student Outreach Clinic.
|TOP: Three first year medical students freshen up a dingy hallway.
BOTTOM: Crystal Higgs, a second-year medical student, helps paint a staircase.