Health Commissioner Receives Shotwell Award

[MMA News Now, Jan. 7, 2016] Health Commissioner Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, received the 2015 Shotwell Award at the Jan. 5 Annual Meeting of the Abbott Northwestern medical staff. 

Chris Johnson, MD, chair of the Twin Cities Medical Society Foundation, presented the award, which is given annually to a Minnesotan who has made significant contributions in the field of health care. 

Ehlinger, who is board certified in pediatrics and internal medicine, received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and his master of science degree in public health, majoring in maternal and child health, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has spent the majority of his 35-year career advocating for public health and medicine, defining public health as “what we as a society do collectively to improve health for all.”  

The Shotwell Award was established by Metropolitan Medical Center in 1971 in recognition of the support and dedication of the Shotwell family. Upon the closing of Metropolitan-Mount Sinai Medical Center in 1991, the West Metro Medical Society/Foundation assumed responsibility for selecting the recipient of the Shotwell Award. Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Medical Staff has provided funding for the Shotwell Award since 2003.