Rutherford Regional Names Mooring Award Winner, Honors Outgoing Chief of Staff

December 26, 2014

RUTHERFORDTON – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) announced that Luke Person, MD, was recently named the winner of the Stewart L. Mooring Award, the highest award given to a member of the RRHS medical staff. The award was presented at the RRHS December Medical Staff Conference.

Nominations for the Stewart L. Mooring Award are made by each of the Chiefs of Service, the CEO of Rutherford Regional Health System, and officers of the Medical Staff. The recipient is selected by the members of the Medical Executive Committee. The criteria for selection is the physician who exemplifies through service and commitment, the goals and mission of the Medical Staff of Rutherford Regional in providing and advancing a higher standard of medical care for the patients of this community.

Person, a radiologist, said, “The legacy of Dr. Stuart Mooring is still very strong in the Radiology Department.  On a weekly basis we still discuss all he accomplished during his many years here.  I am humbled to be recognized by this award.  I accept it as a challenge to work harder to continue to help ensure safe, quality care at our hospital for the people of Rutherford County.”

Cindy Buck, President and CEO of RRHS, remarked, “Dr. Person is a respected voice among the medical staff and gives of himself personally and professionally to the success of Rutherford Regional. We are extremely fortunate to have him on staff, and he is most deserving of this significant honor.”

Dr. Stewart L. Mooring, for whom the award is named, set the bar for physicians who receive this award. He was a Radiologist at Rutherford Regional and served as the Medical Director of the Radiology Department from 1962-1989. In 1994, Dr. Mooring was honored by the hospital medical staff by having the lobby of the future outpatient and surgery wing named for him. He passed away in January of 1995.

Also presented during the December Medical Staff Conference was a plaque of recognition to Mike Roberts, MD, who has served as the RRHS chief of staff during 2013 and 2014 and was an integral part of the RRHS affiliation with Duke LifePoint Healthcare during that period. Roberts is an orthopaedic surgeon with Rutherford Orthopaedics since 1996.

Mrs. Buck said, “Dr. Roberts has served as chief of staff during one of the most remarkable times in RRHS history, and his leadership and wisdom have been incredibly valuable. We are indebted to Dr. Roberts for his unwavering service to the medical staff and to RRHS.”

Scott Kirkpatrick, MD, will assume chief of staff duties in January 2015 and serve until December 2016.