Dr. Patrick Edwards, family practice physician at Newton Clinic, has been named to the 2013-14 Iowa Family Physician of the Year by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP).
The award is presented to one physician in the state who "exemplifies the tradition of the family doctor and who epitomizes the finest standards of family health care." The was presented at the IAFP Annual Meeting Installation and Awards Banquet on Nov. 1 at Prairie Meadows.
His attention to patient needs was lauded by both patients and professional colleagues.
"You know immediately he hears what you are telling him and that he cares about your concern or fear," one of his patients said of him. "You no longer feel you are a number but a human being whose pain will be diagnosed and remedied. Words cannot describe the relief this assurance brings."
Dr. Paul Ruggle, one of Dr. Edwards' professional colleagues, agreed.
"I am honored to count Dr. Edwards as a friend and colleague," Dr. Ruggle said. "He works so hard to take care of his patients and answer every single question they pose. He is well read and physically active, now taking on mountain climbing afer running mroe than a dozen marathons. Jasper County's gem has now been recognized state-wide with this prestigious award."
As the Iowa Family Physician of the Year, Dr. Edwards will become Iowa's nominee to the American Academy of Family Physicians for the 2015 National Family Physician of the Year.
"I feel very honored to be nominated for this award by one of my patients and proud that my peers in family practice in Iowa have agreed," Dr. Edwards said. "My practice in Jasper County with Newton Clinic has been very rewarding and I look forward to many more years of service."
Dr. Edwards attended the University of Notre Dame and Creighton University. He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He completed a family medicine residency at Broadlawns Family Medicine Residency Program in Des Moines. He has practiced in Newton since 1987.