Robbie Law, MD, is Recognized

Robbie Law is a clinician serving the Reedsport community.

Robbie Law, MD, Chair of the ORPRN Steering Committee, was recognized by Don Berwick, MD, cofounder of the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI), at the annual IHI meeting in Orlando, Florida on December 7th, 2011.

Dr. Berwick served as the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services until November 2011. In accepting the Picker Award for Excellence, Dr. Berwick reported on his visit to Lower Umpqua Hospital in Reedsport, Oregon. Here is what he had to say about Dr. Law:

“At a meeting there, one of the doctors spoke up – Dr. Robert Law – and he captivated me. Dr. Law, I learned, was the Oregon Academy of Family Practice’s “Family Physician of the Year” in 1999. And two sentences into his remarks at the meeting, I could see why.

He spoke from his heart. He said how deeply he cared about his community, his patients, and his professionalism. He told why he felt lucky to be serving, and how willing he was to try out new ways to meet needs, even while resources get tighter. He said how offended he was by waste in the health care system – even in Reedsport – and how hard he wanted to work to make sure that every single thing done to, for, and with patients and families would actually help them – on their terms, not his.

And – most importantly –he asked for help – for a context of policy, payment, and information that, simply put, would help him get his work done with pride and joy. ‘If things don’t change soon,’ he told me last week, ‘I am not sure how we can keep going.’”