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Medical association honours Blood Tribe doctor

Dr. Susan Christenson received the inaugural Award for Compassionate Service on Friday from the Alberta Medical Association.

Dr. Susan Christenson received the inaugural Award for Compassionate Service on Friday from the Alberta Medical Association.

A doctor who for nine years has served Blood Tribe members was honoured Friday with a new award from the Alberta Medical Association.
Dr. Susan A. Christenson received the inaugural Award for Compassionate Service at the association’s annual general meeting at the Sutton Place Hotel in Edmonton.
The award is given to a physician who has demonstrated outstanding compassion, dedication and extraordinary contributions to philanthropy or volunteer efforts to improve the state of his or her community.
Dr. Christenson is a primary care physician who works with the people of the Blood Tribe in southern Alberta.
Dr. Christenson first arrived on the Blood Reserve in 2006, and made it her mission to deliver compassionate, comprehensive care to the people of the community.
In 2013, Dr. Christenson was asked by the band council to establish a clinic at the reserve’s Levern town site.
Since then, Dr. Christenson has built a team of specialty providers in areas such as obstetrics and gynecology, rheumatology, nephrology, psychology and respiratory services who come to Levern to practice.
This has created a medical home for Blood Reserve members that improves their health and well-being and creates a stronger, more vibrant community.
The association also presented its Medal of Honour, given to non-physicians who have made a significant personal contribution to ensuring quality health care for the people of Alberta.
Medal of Honour recipients were Glen Baker, a PhD neurochemist with training in neuropharmacology, and the first non-psychiatrist in Canada to become a full-time chair of psychiatry, and Calgary philanthropist and entrepreneur, Alvin Libin, who in 2003 donated $15-million to the University of Calgary and the Calgary health region to create the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta.
The AMA Medal for Distinguished Service for physicians who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to their community and passion for their work went to Dr. Norman R. C. Campbell, Dr. Luanne M. Metz and Dr. Eldon A. Shaffer.

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