April 17, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Mark E. Warfel, DO, FAAFP, has received the Edward Gaffney, MD, Memorial Award for 2016. Dr. Warfel is a Family Medicine physician who practiced for many years in New Hartford, New York, and is program director of the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency and director of medical education for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). The award is presented annually by the medical staff of St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC), an MVHS affiliate.
“Dr. Warfel's service and commitment to the area cover a broad range of activities over a long, distinguished and continuing career,” said Michael Trevisani, MD, senior vice president/chief medical officer of MVHS. “His compassionate, quality care for patients has long been appreciated and has not gone unnoticed by his colleagues and those Family Medicine residents who have gone through the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program under his development and leadership.”
In 2012, the SEMC medical staff established the award in memory of Edward Gaffney, MD. Dr. Gaffney passed away in 2011 after many years of dedicated service to SEMC and its patients.
The award is given to an active member of the SEMC medical staff who represents Dr. Gaffney’s ideals and practice of upholding old-fashioned, professional values, which include dedication to quality patient care and attention to detail. Other qualities required are: continual improvement of medical knowledge for self and others, respectful and a genuine caring attitude toward all hospital staff including administrators, physicians, nurses, technicians, housekeepers, dietary and all other support staff. Also required are communication directly with others, use of medical knowledge learned throughout one’s career and participation in medical staff leadership.
The award includes a $1,000 donation in the name of the recipient to a cause to be chosen by the recipient from five choices determined by the Medical Executive Committee, plus a plaque to the individual.