On National Doctors’ Day, it’s patients who are the “medical experts” in Yavapai County. Each March 30, the Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) Foundation invites residents throughout the region to submit notes recognizing individual physicians for the exceptional care they provide. These patients also have the option of making a donation in honor of the physician.

“The notes we receive from patients demonstrate the significance of the physician-patient relationship,” said
Robbie Nicol, MBA, CFRE, Executive Director of the YRMC Foundation. “It’s apparent to me these people believe a strong patient-physician partnership is important to healing. It’s also clear our physicians are listening to the people they serve.”

On Doctors’ Day 2017, more than 85 YRMC physicians were recognized with heartfelt messages from “Grateful Patients.”
Additionally, patients collectively gave more than $10,000 to the YRMC Foundation in honor of their respective physicians. On behalf of these exceptional doctors, the YRMC Foundation thanks these patients for their inspiring messages and generous support.

YRMC doctors recognized on National Doctors’ Day receive a Grateful Patient lapel pin. Here’s a sampling of notes of recognition doctors received in 2017.

Anthony Brown, DO, Internal Medicine
“Dr. Brown is exceptional – friendly, informative and kind. He knows I have a fear of elevators and sends someone with me to labs.”

Donald Golen, MD, Neurology
“Blessings this Doctors’ Day to Dr. Golen. We acknowledge your caring and directness even when giving us bad news.”

Robert Kec, MD, Emergency Department Physician
“Dr. Kec, you and your staff created such a calming atmosphere as you listened to the unknown difficulties of an individual in the wee hours! You are outstanding. Thank you.”

Michael Lacaze, DO, Family Medicine
“Dr. Lacaze is very professional, kind, and listens to you. Always makes the patient feel he’s doing his best to care for you at each visit. I’m glad to have him as my primary care doctor.”

Arabinda Pani, MD, Emergency Department Physician
“Dr. Pani, you helped my husband in the East Campus ER in March. He had great unexplained pain, and you gently but directly explained the various possible causes and likelihood of each. Wonderful knowledge and bedside manner!”

Jonathan Parrack, DO, Gastroenterology
“Dr. Parrack adds the personal touch of keeping in touch.”

Fernando Soto, MD, Cardiology
“Dr. Soto is always there for me. When my primary care physician left, he helped me find a new doctor and arranged for some tests I needed for a different specialty.”

Keith A. Plamondon, MS, PA-C, Physician Assistant
“Keith Plamondon, PA-C, is always knowledgeable, a good listener and gentle. He takes interest and time with me, and does not over medicate. He is really great!”

Alan Walters, MD, General Surgeon
“Dr. Walters was concerned, kind, honest, and always came by to see me while in the hospital. Very trustworthy.”

To recognize a physician who has made a difference for you or a loved one, please send your expression of appreciation to:

Yavapai Regional Medical Center Foundation
1003 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301