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John Ference, MD, Named October 2009 Patient Focused Physician of the Month
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John Ference, MDPort Huron, MI…John Ference, MD, was named the October 2009 St. Joseph Mercy Patient-Focused Physician of the Month. The St. Joseph Mercy Patient-Focused Physician of the Month award highlights a physician’s commitment to working collaboratively to promote patient and community health through clinical excellence and patient-focused care. Physicians honored with this award must also be one whom St. Joseph Mercy Hospital staff and volunteers would recommend to family and friends in the community. Dr. Ference is a local interventional radiologist and provides care to patients through X-Ray Associates of Port Huron, PC. He was nominated for his ability to work collectively with St. Joseph Mercy clinical staff and his uncompromised compassion to patients. “As an interventional radiologist Dr. Ference always supports the staff with which he works,” comments his nominator. “He never leaves a procedure room without thanking everyone. He treats the nurses and radiology staff with respect and professionalism and values the opinions and experience of their field of expertise. He also shows compassion for all his patients. He makes time for patients who are anxious and in distress. He has a caring heart and truly demonstrates the value of doing unto others. He provides the level of care anyone would want their own mother to receive. I would recommend Dr. Ference to family and friends, because I know they would always receive the level of care that every patient deserves.” “Dr. Ference is a terrific asset to our health care community,” comments Peter Karadjoff, St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron (SJMPH) President and CEO. “His outstanding performance has been noted by those who work most closely with him and has been highlighted through his nomination. I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to Dr. Ference for elevating the health status of our community and being a physician whom St. Joseph Mercy Hospital staff and volunteers would recommend to their family and friends.” “It is a great honor to be nominated and chosen St. Joseph Mercy Patient-Focused Physician of the Month; particularly given our community is blessed with such an outstanding collection of physicians,” comments John Ference, MD. “It is important to acknowledge the support staff with which I work. In interventional radiology, we have nurses, technologists and file room personnel who allow us to practice medicine efficiently and provide high-quality health care.” The St. Joseph Mercy Patient-Focused Physician of the Month is designed to highlight outstanding collaboration between our physician community and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital patient care and volunteer staff. Nominations are accepted from all staff and volunteers, and are blinded and reviewed by a Nominations Review Committee. The award is presented each month to a physician on staff at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. To find a St. Joseph Mercy Hospital physician near you, visit SJMPH online at:; or call toll-free 1 (888) MERCYME. # # #
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