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MADISON (January 13, 2016)—The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation will honor Alicia Arnold, MD, of Eau Claire, with the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting in Madison April 2-3. The Viste Award is presented annually to a young physician who demonstrates commitment to patients, the medical profession and the community.
A board certified radiologist in private practice, Dr. Arnold is affiliated with Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and also serves as a medical correspondent for the WEAU-Eau Claire TV station. She also serves on the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Board of Directors and as secretary of the Eau Claire-Dunn-Pepin County Medical Society (CMS).
“Doctor Arnold is intelligent, involved and enthusiastic and has a keen insight into local and state issues. She is also active in her community and has been involved with a number of education and charitable endeavors to share her medical knowledge,” said Donn Dexter, MD, chief medical officer of the Society and immediate past president of the Eau Claire-Dunn-Pepin CMS.
Doctor Arnold’s community efforts include giving continuing education talks to radiology technologists and speaking to private groups and college students about health care topics, as well as mentoring college students. She also is a supporter of the Foster Closet in Eau Claire, which provides clothes, toys and other much-needed supplies to foster families in the area.
In addition to the engraved award that will be presented to Dr. Arnold in April, the Foundation will contribute $1,000 to the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic on her behalf.
“This contribution will help the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic remove health barriers and layers of challenges our patients encounter by providing basic and acute care, chronic disease, mental health and vision clinics, free eye glasses, immunizations, and life-saving medications dispensed on a consistent basis,” said Maribeth Woodford, executive director of the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic.
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation, chartered in 1955 as a charitable organization, supports public health initiatives and the education of future medical professionals across the state. In 2015, individuals in 68 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties benefited from Foundation-supported programs.
With nearly 13,000 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.