Manar Dr  McFarlin AwardrHILLSBORO – Local dignitaries, state officials, friends and family attended a special reception at the Church Street Pub hosted by HSHS Medical Group to honor Dr. Roger McFarlin for his many years of dedicated service improving health care in Montgomery County.  Roger McFarlin, MD recently earned the 2013 Rural Physician of Excellence Award from the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA). The award honors physicians who exhibit a special commitment to rural health care.   “One of the biggest health care challenges across our nation is the shortage of physicians who practice in rural settings. IRHA feels it is important to recognize physicians like Dr. McFarlin who have accepted this calling and gone above and beyond the call of duty to make an impact,” said Margaret Vaughn, IRHA Executive Director.   Dr. McFarlin, who practices at HSHS Medical Group Family Medicine in Hillsboro, has dedicated more than 40 years of service to his community.

“We appreciate that at a time when he could have chosen to retire, Dr. McFarlin decided to sell his practice to HSHS Medical Group for one reason. He wanted to be sure the citizens of Hillsboro and Montgomery County had access to primary care well into the future,” said Melinda Clark, Chief Executive Officer of HSHS Medical Group. “Dr. McFarlin is a compassionate physician who works tirelessly for his patients. We are proud he’s part of our family.”

Dr. McFarlin also received a Senate Congratulatory Certificate from Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), and State Representative Wayne Rosenthal (R- Litchfield) introduced House Resolution 646 in the General Assembly commending Dr. McFarlin’s contributions to his community.

Dr. McFarlin calls the award “a great and unexpected honor” and said he sincerely appreciates being recognized for his work.

ABOUT IRHA: Founded in 1989, the Illinois Rural Health Association is a collaborative association of academic institutions, clinics, consumers, hospitals, health care practitioners, public health administrators, public officials and others who are committed to strengthening health systems for rural residents and communities. IRHA is 501 c-3 non-profit association.

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