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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Dr. Al Balbissi given James Gibson Award for physician leadership by Washington County (Tenn.) Med Staff
Dr. Kais Al Balbissi, left, is presented his award by Dr. Tony Haley.

Dr. Al Balbissi given James Gibson Award for physician leadership by Washington County (Tenn.) Med Staff

 JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. – The Washington County (Tenn.) Medical Staff held its annual meeting last week and honored Dr. Kais Al Balbissi, chair of  cardiology at Johnson City Medical Center, with the James Gibson Medical Staff Leadership Award.

It was the second year the medical staff has given out the award, which honors the late Dr. James Gibson, longtime radiologist at Mountain Empire Radiology who retired in 2014. He passed away in February of 2015.

 The meeting was held at the Blackthorn Club at The Ridges.

For photos from the event, click here.

Dr. Tony Haley, past president of the Washington County Medical Staff, presented the award to Dr. Al Balbissi, director of interventional cardiology at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine and a member of Quillen ETSU Heart.

“He has done an absolutely spectacular job after stepping in as chief of cardiology,” Haley said. “He has really worked endlessly.”

The award honors an active member of the Washington County Medical Staff who has served in a leadership role providing "steadfast, faithful and tireless dedication to the medical staff at Johnson City Medical Center and improving qualty of patient care." Nominations are made by members of the medical staff and the winner is selected by the JCMC Medical Executive Committee.Medical Staff scholarship winner Allison Williams with Dr. Andrew Fletcher, VP for resource management and physician engagement. Last year’s award went to Dr. Kyle Colvett, radiation oncologist.

Dr. Gibson served on the MSHA Board of Directors and well as boards for the Washington-Unicoi-Johnson County Medical Society, ETSU Foundation, ETSU Pirate Club, Johnson City Chamber of Commerce and many others. Gibson was a 2006 Servant’s Heart Award winner and a 2008 Spirit Award winner from the Mountain States Foundation.

“Jim Gibson mentored almost everyone who came to the hospital,” Haley said. “If you had a bad day, you knew you could go to his office and he’d make you laugh. He encouraged all of us to serve, and he never turned anybody down when they had a request for help with something.”

The Washington County Medical Staff Scholarship was also presented.  Allison Williams is this year’s recipient. She is  rising senior at East Tennessee State University with a 3.79 GPA. The $1,000 scholarship is funded by the members of the Washington County Medical Staff.

Dr. Hetal Brahmbhatt of Woodridge Hospital was recognized at the meeting for receiving a 2016 Servant’s Heart Award.

Physicians also heard a few words from Dr. Daniel Meltzer, who was visiting Mountain States from a company called Practicing Excellence to help introduce The Physician Effectiveness Project. It is a physician skill-building center, designed by and for clinicians, that Mountain States is offering. Dr. Meltzer is an emergency room physician at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego and is chief learning officer for Practicing Excellence.

The medical staff officers and new members at JCMC and Franklin Woods were also recognized at the meeting.