VandeLune Iowa Family Physician of the Year

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Dr. Chris VandeLune, the 2016-17 Iowa Family Physician of the Year
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Cherokee doctor nominated by patients, staff

Dr. Chris VandeLune of Cherokee Regional Medical center has been named the 2016-17 Iowa Family Physician of the Year by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP). VandeLune received the award on November 4th during the annual IAFP Installation and Awards Banquet in Des Moines.

The award is presented annually to one outstanding family physician within the state who best exemplifies the tradition of family medicine. Recipients must spend at least 50 percent of their time in direct patient care; maintain an active office and hospital practice; be active within the community; nor have any immediate plans to retire or relocate and is an active member of the Academy.

The Iowa Academy of Family Physicians is a statewide association comprised of over 1,800 members, or approximately 86% of Iowa's doctors, who specialize in the practice of family medicine. The IAFP is a chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, one of the largest medical specialty societies in the United States with over 124,000 members nationwide.

VandeLune has been in family practice at Cherokee Regional Medical Center since 2004, is a 2001 graduate of Des Moines University- Osteopathic Medical Center, and completed his residency at the Wichita Center for Graduate Medical Education having served as the Chief Resident Physician.

He was nominated for this award by numerous patients and co-workers. One such patient had this to say about Dr. VandeLune, “Although he is by far the busiest doctor in Cherokee County, he always makes sure my questions are answered. I feel as if I am his number one priority, and my family is his favorite that he sees when he opens the office door.”

During his tenure at CRMC, VandeLune has built a thriving family practice that currently serves an average of 55 patients per day. He is fully involved in obstetrics with approximately 100 deliveries, including C-sections, per year. He also performs endoscopies for the service area conducting nearly 400 procedures annually. In addition, Dr. VandeLune is presently the Emergency Medical Services Director for Cherokee County and serves as the Chief of Staff for Cherokee Regional Medical Center.

“Everyone at Cherokee Regional Medical Center is excited for Dr. VandeLune and his family. For Chris to be named the Iowa Family Physician of the Year is a tremendous accomplishment and well deserved. His work ethic and dedication to his patients and their families has helped set the bar for the top level care you will receive at CRMC,” claimed Matt Johnson, President and CEO of Cherokee Regional Medical Center. “He is a true leader within our organization and the field of family medicine.”

VandeLune is a member of American Association of Family Practitioners, American Osteopathic Association, American Medical Association and the Iowa Medical Society.

When not practicing medicine, Dr. VandeLune and his wife, Lisa, are very active in the lives of their seven teenaged children. They teach confirmation to 7th and 8th graders at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, and support numerous national and local charities and organizations. He serves as a team physician for Washington High School and enjoys attending as many of the kids' school and athletic activities as possible. It is not uncommon for Dr. VandeLune to spend his cherished free time hunting, fishing, and horseback riding with the kids, and attending church with family.

“As many great doctors have expressed before me, family medicine is so special because you have the privilege of caring for families throughout the many stages of life, ranging from holding that newborn for the first time to end of life care. I love what I do, especially obstetrics and helping young couples start and grow their families,” said VandeLune. “I am truly humbled and honored to receive an award of this magnitude.”

As the Iowa Family Physician of the year, Dr. VandeLune will become Iowa's nominee to the American Academy of Family Physicians for the 2018 National Family Physician of the Year.

Cherokee Regional Medical Center will host a come and go reception for Dr. VandeLune in the CRMC 1st Floor Conference Room on Tuesday, November 15th from 3:30 -5:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend and congratulate him for receiving this prestigious honor.

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