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Posted: November 01, 2003

TCOM GRADUATE HONORED BY STATE ASSOCIATION


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Peggy M. Russell, DO, has been honored for her contribution to long-term care medicine by the Texas Medical Directors Association with the "Jack Sayre Weinblatt Award for Heartfelt Dedication and Service."

Referring to her as “our lady at the Capitol,” Dr. Weinblatt himself presented the award to Dr. Russell during TMDA's annual membership meeting in September in Dallas.

The award was created in 2002 in honor of Dr. Weinblatt who has been practicing medicine in Texas for over 50 years and who has been a role model for many doctors and other health care professionals in the long-term care medical community. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of physicians to other physicians and health care professionals, to the long-term care community, and to the older population of the state of Texas.

Dr. Russell, who is currently chair of TMDA’s Public Policy Committee, served as president of the organization from 1995-1997. Since opening her practice in Austin in 1984, Dr. Russell, founder of Austin Geriatric Specialists P.A., has committed herself to the care of the elderly. She currently serves as Medical Director of Buckner Villas, Hearthstone Healthcare Center of Round Rock, Odyssey Hospice-Austin, Park Bend Healthcare Center, Sage Brook Healthcare Center, Seton Skilled Nursing Facility and Stonebridge Healthcare Center. From 1995-2000, Dr. Russell served as Medical Director of Geriatric Services for the Seton Community Care Network.

In presenting the award, Dr. Weinblatt recognized not only Dr. Russell’s commitment to her patients, but also her tireless, selfless efforts to improve the quality of long-term care on both a state and national level. In addition to her position on the TMDA Board of Directors, Dr. Russell currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Travis County Medical Society and as a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Council on Health Service Organizations. She also served on the Texas Department of Insurance’ Task Force for Best Practices for Risk Management & Loss Control for Nursing Homes; as a member of the Nursing Home Workgroup of the Legislative Health and Human Services Board for the State of Texas; as Chair of the TMA’s Committee on Aging and Long Term Care and its Ad Hoc Committee on Home Health.

Dr. Russell, who was recently named the “top” geriatrician in Austin by Consumers’ Checkbook, a non-profit consumer information and service resource, was awarded her medical degree in 1979 from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, now part of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, and her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Certified Medical Director, holds Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The Texas Medical Directors Association of Long Term Care Medicine is a statewide non-profit organization whose members are physicians practicing in long term care, and is a chapter of the American Medical Directors Association.

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