2019 Country Doctor of the Year Holds The Fort In Western Frontier Town
Dahle Serves an Area Larger Than Five States
Contact: Phil Miller (469) 524-1420 Phil.email@example.com
DALLAS, TX – Serving an area larger than five states and a
community 45 miles from the nearest traffic light, Dr. Daniel Dahle is the
medical version of a hero in a Clint Eastwood western, keeping the local
citizens safe not with six shooters but with over three decades of medical expertise
and an unflinching commitment to personalized care.
his exceptional record of compassion and service, Dr. Dahle has been named 2019
Country Doctor of the Year.
by Staff Care,
Healthcare company, the Country Doctor of the Year Award recognizes
the spirit, skill, and dedication of America’s rural medical practitioners. The
leading temporary physician staffing firm in the United States, Staff Care has
presented the national award since 1992 to exemplary physicians practicing in
communities of 30,000 or less.
Dahle is more than an outstanding primary care physician,” said Jeff Decker, President
of Staff Care, “he is one of the pillars on which his community stands. The
people, the health system, and the economy of his region simply could not do
on a potato farm near the California/Oregon border, Daniel Dahle served as a
medical corpsman in Vietnam before earning a Ph.D. in radiation biology and a medical
degree at the University of Rochester in New York. In 1985, he elected to
return to his home region and began practicing in Bieber, California, a frontier
town of 300 people located in an isolated section of northeastern California,
where he has continued to practice for 33 years.
sole primary care physician in Bieber, Dr. Dahle is on staff at Big Valley
Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that sees all
patients, regardless of ability to pay. He draws patients from a service area
that extends over 7,500 square miles, larger than Rhode Island, Delaware,
Connecticut, Hawaii and New Jersey, and to a large extent has been personally
responsible for maintaining health services in the region.
addition to seeing patients at the health center, Dr. Dahle drives 25 miles one
way almost every day to see inpatients at Mayer’s Memorial Hospital in the town
of Fall River Mills, where he also covers the emergency department and cares
for long-term patients at the hospital’s nursing home. Over half the hospital’s
inpatients are admitted by Dr. Dahle, and his presence in the community has
been vital to the hospital’s continued viability.
a rural hospital goes, so goes the community,” Decker said. “Few people want to stay in or move to a
place where there are no healthcare facilities. By supporting the local
hospital, Dr. Dahle has done more than keep patients alive – he has kept the
Dahle has delivered over 1,000 babies in his career, often under trying
circumstances. Many of the residents in the local valleys, including much of
the student body at Bieber’s high school where Dr. Dahle coached track for 25
years, were delivered by Dr. Dahle. His skills as a diagnostician are
legendary, as one particularly telling incident illustrates. When a long-term
patient and co-worker presented with pain and mental confusion, Dr. Dahle
correctly diagnosed herpes encephalitis, despite encountering this rare condition
only one previous time in approximately 350,000 patient encounters. The
condition is commonly fatal, but by rushing the patient to a tertiary care
center hours away and insisting on proper treatment, Dr. Dahle is credited with
saving her life.
all of the duties that fall to a frontier doctor are strictly clinical. In one
instance, Dr. Dahle was present when a knife wielding assailant attacked the
local sheriff. Dr. Dahle was able to
subdue the man with a forearm shiver. Most of his activities, however, are much
more benign. One patient describes how Dr. Dahle was able to provide her dying
husband with a last wish, personally escorting him on a scuba diving trip to
Hawaii, while another relates how Dr. Dahle revived her newborn when the infant
was not breathing. Virtually all of the town’s residents (including Clint
Eastwood himself, who has a ranch in the area) have been positively impacted by
him in one way or another.
aged 70 and contemplating retirement, Dr. Dahle has made educating future care givers
part of his mission. Each year he
provides training to medical residents from the University of California, Davis
as well as students from the physician assistant program at the University of
Iowa. He is well known for sharing his “zebras” with students, medical slang
for patients whose maladies are masked or otherwise difficult to diagnose. Dr. Dahle is hoping to pass the torch on to
a husband and wife duo who will soon be completing their medical training and
who Dr. Dahle has been recruiting since the couple was in medical school. Though he has seen rural practice evolve during
his tenure, Dr. Dahle believes the essence remains the same.
has changed in 30 years,” said Dr. Dahle, “but patients still respond to
someone who really knows them and to someone who really cares.”
the 2019 Country Doctor of the Year, Dr. Dahle will be able to enjoy two weeks
of time off, as Staff Care will provide a temporary physician to fill in for
him at no charge, a service valued at approximately $10,000. He also will receive the award’s signature
plaque featuring a country doctor making his rounds on a horse and buggy, an
engraved stethoscope, and a monogrammed lab coat. Additional information about the Country Doctor
of the Year Award can be found at www.countrydoctoraward.com.
Care and AMN Healthcare
Staff Care is the nation’s leading temporary physician staffing firm and is a
company of AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AMN) the largest healthcare workforce solutions
company in the United States . For more
information, visit www.staffcare.com or www.amnhealthcare.com.