- Pediatrician of the Year – Tom Rand, MD
Dr. Rand received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; earning his Pediatric specialty at University of Washington and Infectious Disease specialty at Harvard Medical School.
During his 24 years in Boise, Dr. Rand served the children of Idaho as a pediatric infectious disease specialist. He provided care to children in St. Lukes Infections and Immune Deficiency Clinic; acted as a consultant for communicable diseases control and medical director of immunization clinics for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare; and served as medical director for St. Lukes Travel Clinic. For many years, he kept the current RSV data available online for the pediatricians in the state to refer to, so in turn, they could better care for their patients.
Dr. Ingrid Lundgren from St. Lukes Childrens Hospital, Childrens Infections and Immune Deficiency Clinic, shared the following about Dr. Rand:
In the 5 years that I had the honor of being Tom Rands partner in pediatric infectious disease, I came to appreciate firsthand the enormity of his contributions to specialty care in this state. He had the foresight to introduce infectious disease and immunodeficiency care into his general pediatric practice, and as time went on, to recognize the growing need for expanding this practice. St. Lukes Childrens Hospital became what it is now, because of the vision of people like Dr. Rand, who were bold enough to forge specialty niches in this community before a cohesive childrens facility existed in its present form. When I joined him in 2011, I was coming straight from fellowship into my first real job. In many ways, Tom was an ideal partner, but also a mentor and friend.
He has touched the lives of so many children in Idaho, and was truly committed to providing a personal level of care to the families that he knew over the years. His dedication to the families in our practice is unparalleled, and we are reminded every week of how much he is missed, now that he has moved on to other adventures.
Dr. Rand played a large role in providing education in many settings; from major conferences to informal in the hall consultations.
When he isnt working with patients and their families, Dr. Rand and his wife volunteer in wilderness search and rescue. Both are certified in tracking (following human sign). They have four grown children, and the youngest is a student at WWU.
- Organization of the Year – The Ronald McDonald House
Luke Sturdy, President
Mindy Plumlee, Executive Director
This award is given on behalf of the Pediatricians in Idaho to an organization with a mission and services that benefit families and children in our state.
The Idaho Ronald McDonald House opened on February 1, 1988 with 4 bedrooms and was the smallest Ronald McDonald House in the world. Over 29 years and two expansions later, the 14,000 square foot facility can accommodate 17 families each night, providing a home away from home.
Families of seriously ill or injured children, 18 of years of age or younger, who are receiving treatment at a Boise area hospital or clinic can stay at the Ronald McDonald House. They can stay for as long as the child is receiving inpatient or outpatient medical treatment and the average length of stay is 8 days. Meals and snacks are provided and prepared by local volunteers on a regular basis.
The Ronald McDonald Houses staff, board, and team of volunteers offer an amazing service to families who are seeking care and treatment at St. Lukes Children's Hospital.
Ronald McDonald House provides so much more than a bed and a meal, but a warm and caring environment that helps families to heal.
- 2016 Child Advocate: Jerry Hirshfeld Special Achievement Award – George Groberg, MD
Dr. Groberg is out of the country doing humanitarian work. On his behalf, Arron Gardner, Member of the Chapters Executive committee, will accept this award. Dr. Gardner will present the award to Dr. Groberg in Idaho Falls in front of an audience of his peers.
When Dr. Gardner reached out to his partners and started to describe the award they said Oh, thats George ... for sure!
Dr. Groberg is a native of Idaho Falls. He received his undergraduate degree in Zoology at Brigham Young University. He completed medical school at the University of Colorado and his residency in Pediatrics at Willford Hall USAF Medical Center. He served with the USAF as a Pediatrician and preceptor for Family Practice residents at Offutt AFB in Omaha.
He started working in 1986 and was one, if not the first, pediatricians in Idaho Falls. He retired in 2010 to do missionary work in Indonesia for 3 years, and returned part-time in 2013.
He has lead several teams of health care workers in teaching newborn resuscitation in China, Indonesia and Africa. He and his wife Bonnie are very busy with family, community and church responsibilities. He enjoys hiking, jogging, studying history, philosophy, current events, languages and cultures.
Dr. Groberg your work over so many years in Idaho Falls has benefitted families and providers alike. Your peers have relied on your expertise in cases with patients and then you have played such a large role in providing education in many settings from Idaho Falls to around the world.