Attorney Paul A. Drey was honored with the John F. Sanford Award during the Dinner Gala at the Iowa Medical Society’s 165th Annual Conference, Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Cedar Rapids Convention Complex. The Gala serves as a time to network with peers, to celebrate the accomplishments of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS), and to set the course for the coming year with the induction of a new president.
The John F. Sanford Award is the only award presented by the Iowa Medical Society to a non-physician. It honors the memory of the Keokuk physician who was a pioneer in the field of medicine, a champion of organized medicine on behalf of the physicians in Iowa, and a founder of the Iowa Medical Society in 1850. The award recognizes a layperson who has made outstanding contributions to health care on behalf of both the Iowa Medical Society and the physicians in the State of Iowa.
In his introduction of the award, IMS President Jeff Maire, D.O., commended Paul Drey for his long service as parliamentarian to the IMS House of Delegates, for his invaluable outside legal counsel to the Iowa Medical Society, for his efforts on behalf of the Iowa Medical Society, and for his work with physicians and physician groups throughout the state. Dr. Maire announced,
“There is a reason Paul is the ‘go to’ attorney for medical groups and physicians in Iowa – he truly cares about Iowa physicians, and understands how complex our world can be.”
The Iowa Medical Society also presented a number of awards to physicians. Thomas Evans, M.D., received the Distinguished Service Award for creating the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. Paul Mulhausen, M.D. received the Presidential Citation Award for his efforts as the chair of the Iowa Medical Society Ad Hoc Task Force for Policy and Governance. Michael McCoy, M.D. received the Merit Award for his work on medical liability reform and his leadership of the Iowa Medical Society Tort Reform Task Force. William E. Scott, M.D. received the Physician Community Service Award for his selfless dedication to the children of Iowa through his work with Iowa Kid Sight. In addition, the presidency of the Iowa Medical Society passed from Dr. Jeffrey Maire to Dr. K. John Hartman.