Town Turns Out to Honor Country Doc of the Year

[MMA News Now, Jan. 16, 2014] Around 250 people including residents of Starbuck, lawmakers and media members turned out Jan. 9 for a reception to honor Robert Bosl, M.D., as he received the “2013 Country Doctor of the Year” at the Starbuck Community Center.

The reception for Robert Bosl, M.D., named "2013 Country
Doctor of the Year," was well-attended.

The award is presented annually by Staff Care, a physician staffing company, to one doctor who best exemplifies the spirit, skill and dedication of America's rural medical practitioners.

Patients, co-workers, and family members all took turns saluting the physician and MMA member who used his retirement savings to open a clinic after the town’s only hospital closed in 2005.

“Working in west central Minnesota for nearly 24 years I’ve had the opportunity to share many patients with Dr. Bosl so I know personally the level of his dedication to his patients and to his community,” wrote MMA President Cindy Firkins Smith, M.D., in a prepared statement. A prior engagement prevented her from attending. “The many awards and recognition that he has received over the years from patients, students and colleagues are a testimony to a life of service, scholarship and high ideals. The life of a country doctor is a demanding one with long hours and hard work but also offers the unparalleled opportunity to change the lives of scores of families over generations.”

Attendees included representatives from Rep. Collin Peterson (DFL- Seventh District) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s offices as well as state Sen. Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake) and state Rep. Jay McNamar (DFL-Elbow Lake).

For more information, visit the MMA News Now archives or view the stories in Parade magazine or USA Today.

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