Seated from the left are Rex Brown, CEO of Hillsboro Area Hospital; Dr. Roger McFarlin, MD; and Senator Andy Manar. In the back are Shiloh Lipe, physician assistant; Margaret Vaughn, executive director of the Illinois Rural Health Association; Doris McFarlin; and Melinda Clark, CEO of HSHS Medical Group.
Roger McFarlin, MD, recently earned the 2013 Rural Physician of Excellence Award from the Illinois Rural Health Association. 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, and State Representative Wayne Rosenthal introduced House Resolution 646 in the General Assembly commending Dr. McFarlin's contributions to his community.
Dr. McFarlin was recognized on Oct. 29, at the Church Street Pub in Hillsboro. Several local dignitaries, including Mayor John Downs, Rex Brown, CEO of Hillsboro Area Hospital, and Sen. Andy Manar were in attendance. McFarlin's family, friends and colleagues also celebrated the award with him.
Dr. McFarlin calls the award "a great and unexpected honor" and said he sincerely appreciates being recognized for his work.