Local Family Physicians, Ken and Darrell Carter M.D., received the Minnesota Medical Association’s Community Service Award for 2014 at the group’s Annual Conference held Sept. 19 and 20 at Madden’s on Gull Lake near Brainerd. Together, the Carters have more than 80 years of medical experience.
“The Carters are excellent examples of members who go above and beyond the call of duty,” said MMA President Donald Jacobs, M.D. “They’ve done so much for the patients of Granite Falls as well as the citizens of Minnesota.”
Darrell played a crucial part in the development of CALS training for the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians back in 1996. CALS (comprehensive advanced life support) is an educational program designed for the emergency medical training needs of rural health care teams. Darrell was named Minnesota Rural Health Hero in 2001, Physician of the Year in 2001 by the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, and Physician of the Year in 2003 by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Ken played a key role in initiating Home Health Care through Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor. He has also served as a lab director, hospice director and the Yellow Medicine County coroner. He developed a telestroke protocol, in which physicians at a rural hospital can connect in real time with a tertiary care center in the Twin Cities when dealing with a stroke patient. The protocol has improved the care of stroke patients in rural areas. He has also taken on the role of physician champion for Stratis Health’s Rural Palliative Care Community Develop-ment Project.
Nearly 150 physicians from around the state gathered at the conference to select leaders, recognize their peers and honor one lawmaker.