CalvertHealth recently held its annual physician recognition and awards dinner to honor medical staff for their outstanding leadership and service to our community.

In his remarks, President & CEO Dean Teague applauded the medical community commitment’s to quality and safety stating, “Our mission is to come to work each day with a dedicated spirit of service and a drive to make a difference in every life we touch. And as health care providers – that is exactly what you do. It is because if your dedicated spirit of service and commitment to excellence that we continue to thrive as a health system.”

In addition to welcoming 33 new physicians to the team and celebrating more than 3,125 years of service to CalvertHealth [as a collective medical staff], Dr. Wilfred “Bud” Ehrmantraut, chief of medical staff, recognized the following physicians for their dedicated years of service:

20 Years of Service:

Paul S. Jani, MD

Mark Whitaker, MD

25 Years of Service:

Edford O. Chambers, MD

Aparajita K. Mahata, MD

Debra K. Spatz, DO

30 Years of Service:

Jeffrey L. Idol, DPM

Scaria G. Matthew, MD

The Community Service Award, reserved for physicians who have demonstrated outstanding commitment, leadership and dedicated service, was presented to Dr. Wilfred “Bud” Ehrmantraut for his efforts in having automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) placed in five Calvert County parks. CalvertHealth’s Chief of Medical Affairs Dr. Michael Brooks presented the award. He stated, “Heart incidents can happen any time or anywhere. Dr. Ehrmantraut was recently moved to action after a fellow physician suffered a tragic loss. As a result of that loss, Dr. Ehrmantraut advocated and was successful in making automatic external defibrillator devices available at every Calvert County Parks and Recreation field.” Brooks continued, “We applaud your powerful commitment to the health and well-being of the citizens of Calvert County.”

Two awards were presented for Outstanding Medical Leadership; the first to the Thoracic Oncology and Lung Cancer Screening Team. In the past year, the team has performed 232 low dose screening exams where six cancers were caught in completely asymptomatic patients. Four of those cancers were stage 1 or 2 and the patients have an excellent prognosis.

The second Outstanding Medical Leadership award was presented to Drs. Drew Fuller and Stephanie Dabulis for their contributions to the Opioid Stewardship Task Force at CalvertHealth. The team has been instrumental in creating a safer and more responsible environment in the medical center. Their efforts have resulted in a 32 percent decrease in opioid orders in the ED and a 94 percent decrease in Dilaudid orders.

Five retiring members were recognized for their years of service to the community:

Thomas Lusby, DDS

Retiring after 36 years

Shubhinder Puri, MD

Retiring after 13 years

Suwat Silpasuvan, MD

Retiring after 40 years

Eugene Tudor, MD

Retiring after seven years

John Weigel, MD

Retiring after 35 years

In a special announcement, Foundation Board member Marianne Harms announced that her recent gift the medical center came with a naming opportunity and “in the spirit of paying it forward, it is my pleasure to name the new Level 2 Concourse for my dear friend and physician, Dr. John Weigel.”

About CalvertHealth
CalvertHealth is a private, not-for-profit, community health system. Founded in 1919, CalvertHealth has been taking care of Southern Maryland families for nearly a century. In addition to the medical center campus, medical office buildings in Dunkirk, Twin Beaches, Prince Frederick, Lusby and Solomons ensure that quality care is no more than 15 minutes from anywhere in Calvert County. CalvertHealth’s trusted team provides residents with safe, high quality health care and promotes wellness for a healthy community – all while making a difference in every life we touch.