(WIBW) - A medical facility has given its humanitarian award to the state's lieutenant governor.
Overland Park Regional Medical Center says it chose Dr. Jeff Colyer for the Frist Humanitarian Award because of his public service and philanthropic efforts.
Colyer has served on the hospital's staff for 17 years. He also is a member of its board of trustees.
In addition to his government office, Colyer has volunteered his medical skills in war zones including Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan and, just last summer, visited Syria to bring medical care to those in need.
Complete news release from the Governor's office:
The Overland Park Regional Medical Center (OPRMC) Tuesday awarded Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. with the Frist Humanitarian Award. Governor Sam Brownback helped present the award to Dr. Colyer.
“Dr. Colyer is an incredibly talented and dedicated physician, humanitarian and public servant. He is devoted to philanthropic efforts across the globe; as recently as last summer he went to Syria to bring medical services to those in need,” Governor Brownback said. “He has continued his humanitarian work while serving as our state’s Lieutenant Governor where he has been an important partner in improving public policy and reshaping the state’s Medicaid system. Dr. Colyer is very deserving of this recognition.”
Dr. Colyer has served on the medical staff at the OPRMC for 17 years and also serves on the hospital’s board of trustees. He also has volunteered for more than 20 years through the International Medical Corps (IMC) in numerous war-zones, including Iraq, Rwanda, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan, to bring medical care to those in desperate need.
The Frist Humanitarian Award was created in 1971 to honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. Named in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), this award recognizes individuals who serve the community and those in need and whose daily dedication and care giving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment. Awards are given in three categories; HCA employee, HCA volunteer, and a HCA-affiliated physician.
“This is such an honor and a complete surprise. I love being a doctor and helping to make a difference in people’s lives. Thank you to the Overland Park Regional Medical Center for this recognition,” Dr. Colyer said.
Dr. Colyer was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2006 and was then elected to the Kansas Senate in 2008. In 2010, then-U.S. Senator Brownback selected him as his running mate for governor. Colyer currently lives in Overland Park with his wife Ruth and their three daughters.