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AMA Foundation Honors Wooster, Ohio Physician for Volunteerism
Date:2/19/2008

CHICAGO, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Viola Startzman, M.D. of Wooster, Ohio is a recipient of the 2008 Jack B. McConnell, M.D. Award for Excellence in Volunteerism. Presented by the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation, the award is given to senior domestic physicians for commitment to volunteer medical care to those without access to health care in the U.S. The AMA Foundation presents the award in association with the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative.

The award will be presented on Monday, March 31st, at the 2008 Excellence in Medicine Awards Ceremony preceding the AMA National Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.

Viola Startzman, M.D., a 93-year-old physician, has helped the underserved throughout her career. Through her determination and organization, the Healthcare 2000 Community Clinic opened in 1995, and in 2000 was renamed the Viola Startzman Free Clinic, providing quality medical and dental care to low income, uninsured residents of Wayne County, Ohio. In 2003, Dr. Startzman purchased and donated the Clinic's medical building. She has organized physicians and nurses to provide services, worked on legal matters and raised funds for the Clinic. Last year, the Clinic provided nearly 10,000 patient visits. The Viola Startzman Free Clinic is a member of the Volunteers in Medicine Alliance, a national network of free clinics emphasizing the use of retired medical professionals and volunteers to care for the uninsured. Founded by Dr. Jack McConnell, Volunteers in Medicine has developed over 60 clinics in 20 states across the country.

In the early 1960's, Dr. Startzman started a female healthcare clinic in the dining room of a female colleague's home. Since she was a pediatrician, she sought additional training to become a gynecologist and the small clinic eventually became the local office of Planned Parenthood. Among her many volunteer activities, she developed a local hospice organization to care for cancer
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