Spec reporter to be honoured

Buist will be rewarded by medical association for his work on Code Red series

Spectator reporter Steve Buist will be among those honoured at the Hamilton Academy of Medicine’s 113th annual general meeting and awards dinner.

Local physicians will be honouring their own Wednesday, as well as others who have made contributions to the practice of medicine in the city – including Buist and Kevin Smith, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health System.

“Buist’s Code Red series brought attention to the health disparities throughout Hamilton and has had a tremendous influence on many of the community’s physicians, ” the academy said in a statement.

Code Red garnered Canada’s first Hillman Award, as well as an award from INMA, an international newspaper marketing group. Buist also won a feature writing award for his work on the project as well as the title of Journalist of the Year through the Ontario Newspaper Awards.

Smith, who runs one of the largest health systems in Canada, “has shown great leadership by strengthening the relationships within the health-care community to ensure the health of Hamiltonians is first and foremost, ” the academy said.

The evening will also honour physicians who have been academy members for 25 and 50 years, as well as introduce its new executive committee.

Dr. Lori Whitehead, respirologist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, will be named the academy’s 114th president and “will focus her efforts over the next year on bringing awareness to refugee health and physicians’ mental health.”

The event will be held at LIUNA Station, 360 James St. N., beginning at 6 p.m.

Barry Lumb and David Price are among those being honoured with distinguished service awards.

Meanwhile, some other fellow physicians, Ivan A. Bracalenti, Tony Opie and Thomas E. Tweedie, will receive 50-year membership awards.

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