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Summerside physician receives recognition award

Three physicians walked away with top honours

SUMMERSIDE – Three physicians walked away with top honours from the annual P1 Awards – Physicians Putting Patients First event, including Summerside’s Dr. Michael Irvine.

The Medical Society of Prince Edward Island (MSPEI) recently presented the awards based on nominations put forward by patients and fellow colleagues.

“These colleagues are the epitome of our profession,” said MSPEI president, Dr. Larry Pan.

“We are fortunate to have these highly competent, caring and strong patient advocates right here on the Island.”

This year, 115 nominations for 62 physicians were put forward.

Irvine, a Summerside internist, won the President’s Leadership Award. Nominated by colleagues, he is described as thoughtful and modestly brilliant. His quiet yet impactful leadership style has raised medical ethical standards, promoted environmentally friendly behaviours and raised funds for the Prince County Hospital in Summerside.

Dr. Megan Armstrong, a family physician in Charlottetown, received the Community Service Award for her dedication and role with the Abegweit First Nation Mi’kmaq Wellness Centre in Scotchfort. She is credited for improving access to primary care, introducing important health programming, and empowering the community to live healthy lives.

Dr. Barry Fleming, a Charlottetown surgeon, was the Patient’s Choice Award recipient. When nominating Fleming, admiring patients singled out his caring bedside manner, around-the-clock commitment to patients, and strong communication skills as reasons why he was worthy of the distinction.

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