2019 Phillips Medal Recipient
Theodore E. Wymyslo, M.D., FAAFP
In appreciation for your work to promote and improve community health, primary care delivery, medical education and access to health care for Ohio’s most vulnerable populations, we are proud to present you with the Phillips Medal of Public Service.
As chief medical officer of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers, you have improved the quality of care, controlled medical costs and promoted the acceptance and use of the patient-centered medical home care model, both in Ohio and nationwide.
During your four-year tenure as director of the Ohio Department of Health, you advanced that model by establishing the Ohio Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative. You also addressed Ohio’s opioid abuse crisis by spearheading the creation of state prescribing guidelines; worked to reduce infant mortality by modernizing maternity and newborn nursery rules; and mandated the accreditation of Ohio’s local health departments to better protect public health.
In your more than three decades as a family medicine physician, you have been a leader in residency training for the family physicians of tomorrow and in the delivery of care to Ohio’s medically underserved populations through free clinics and homeless shelters. You have been active statewide and nationally in advancing the integration of public health and primary care as a way to improve population health.
For your many contributions to clinical education, the health care profession and the well-being of patients and their communities, you have been honored by many professional organizations including the American Medical Association, the Ohio State Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians. We are pleased to join that list, as we present you with the Phillips Medal today.