Dr. J. Eugene Lammers Named AGS Clinician of the Year

April 2, 2018

J. Eugene Lammers, MD, MPH, FACP, AGSF, medical director at Mercy LIFE of Alabama, has been named 2018 Clinician of the Year by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). He will be honored at the 2018 AGS Annual Scientific Meeting next month in Orlando, FL.

“Dr. Lammers has led care at health systems across the United States and has consistently been recognized for seeking out better means to deliver care in his communities,” said AGS board chair Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF. “That desire to improve person-centered care for us all as we age is a hallmark of AGS, just as Dr. Lammers is an exemplar of what we value in exceptional geriatrics clinicians.”

“I have been so fortunate throughout my career to work with peers in nursing, social work, rehabilitation, pharmacy and other fields that have made it possible to provide the highest quality of care for frail older adults,” said Dr. Lammers, who is part of an interdisciplinary team at Mercy LIFE of Alabama that cares for 175 older adults.

He has pioneered innovative approaches to care and worked ardently to ensure that all members of his health care teams are empowered and able to embrace their roles in promoting health and independence for older people.

Currently, he oversees quality of care at Mercy LIFE of Alabama, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®). PACE helps chronically ill, under-resourced older individuals stay in their community and avoid nursing homes. He is recognized nationally by his PACE peers, serving as a board member for Mercy LIFE-West Philadelphia and as a volunteer member of the Clinical Advisory Committee for the Care Kinesis PACE Pharmacy. He is a frequent collaborator for presentations at the National PACE Association (NPA) Annual Conference.

Dr. Lammers has been involved in clinical education throughout his career. Since 2011, he has been serving as an adjunct clinical professor of medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, where he received his medical degree. His ability and willingness to teach and learn from students and PACE colleagues alike has helped to shape person-centered, team-based care in his native Alabama and across the country. He also is a member of the Healthy Gulf Coast Care Transitions Board, which is tasked with improving care transitions between hospitals and nursing homes.

The AGS Clinician of the Year Award, which will be presented at the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting, was established to recognize the contributions of practitioners to quality health care for older people and the importance of the geriatrics clinician in the health care delivery system. Through the efforts of award recipients, scientific advances are integrated into the practice of geriatrics, resulting in improved well-being and quality of life for older adults.

Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics health care professionals that works to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Its nearly 6,000 members include geriatricians, geriatric nurses, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists and internists. The society provides leadership to health care professionals, policy-makers and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.

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