RICHMOND, Ind. — Family care physician Daniel Wegg has been named the 2017 Paul S. Rhoads Humanity in Medicine Award winner.

His selection as this year’s winner was announced at the annual medical staff appreciation and new physician reception Saturday evening. Nominations for the Rhoads award are solicited each year from physicians, patients and health care workers in honor of the late Paul S. Rhoads, who received the first award in 1983.

Jon Ford, Reid Health Governing Board chairman, cited Wegg’s relationships with his patients as a reason he was chosen for the recognition. “He meets them where they are, even in their homes, and has earned their respect, appreciation and admiration,” Ford said in the release.

Wegg’s interactions with patients definitely involve listening, but also go further than that. He brings his sense of humor and his love for music into the exam room with him. “Everybody inspires a song for me. So I’ll sing a song to them,” sometimes having patients join him in harmony, Wegg said.

Wegg has served patients in the Randolph County area since moving from his native country of Canada in 1995. He was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and practiced there from 1979 to 1995. He obtained his M.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada, in 1977, and a master’s in public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2006.

Wegg said he intended to be a chemist, then a surgeon before realizing that family practice was his true calling.

The Humanity in Medicine award and celebration, authorized as an annual event by Reid’s governing board in 1983, honors the memory of Rhoads, the founding director of Reid’s Medical Education Department who helped organize the hospice program and the Wayne County adult clinic for the indigent.

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