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Former Clymer High valedictorian named WCA Physician of the Year

April 7, 2016
By Dennis Phillips ( , Westfield Republican

A retired orthopedic physician who served Chautauqua County for nearly 40 years has been named WCA Hospital's 2016 Physician of the Year.

Dr. Peter S. Robinson was honored during an annual luncheon commemorating National Doctors' Day. Robinson, who was Clymer High School valedictorian and attended Cornell and Cornell Medical School, returned to Chautauqua County to be a physician in 1977 when he joined Paul Danahy.

"It was a true baptism of fire, as he (Danahy) immediately left for a vacation as he had been on 24/7 for over a year. 'Here you go, Son. I need a break,''' Robinson joked about the start of his career.

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From left, Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital chief executive officer and president; Dr. Peter S. Robinson, retired orthopedic physician and WCA Hospital’s 2016 Physician of the Year; Dr. Timothy Brown, WCA Hospital medical staff president; and Steve Kilburn, WCA Hospital board of directors chairman; during the annual WCA Hospital Physician of the Year announcement. WCA Hospital holds the event to commemorate National Doctors’ Day.

Robinson said through the years there have been many changes at WCA Hospital. However, one thing hasn't changed.

"The heart and character of WCA Hospital has not,'' he said. ''This institution ... is to me, not only marked by the red brick campus, the marvelous growth, the excellent medical staff, new technology, but by the people. I have gotten to know so many of them over the years.''

Robinson added that from the maintenance to the dietary staff to the lab staff, every department has caring individuals dedicated to their jobs.

"But to me, the real heart and soul of WCA Hospital, the heroines and heroes of this institution, are the wonderful, caring and giving nursing staff and their tireless dedication to their patients,'' he said. ''So in closing, I began my orthopedic career at 'The Hospital for Special Surgery' - HSS - but have wound up at - HSSP - 'The Hospital of Super Special People.'''

WCA Hospital's Physician of the Year was started in 2005. The event is hosted by hospital leadership and salutes the medical staff at WCA which consists of 170 physicians representing more than 30 medical and surgical specialties.

George Murphy, Chautauqua Institution vice president and chief marketing officer, was the keynote speaker for the event. Murphy talked about the upcoming Chautauqua Institution season, which starts June 25. From opera to dance to symphony orchestra performances, Murphy said the main reason people come to Chautauqua Institution is for the speakers.

"When we ask, 'Why do you come to Chautauqua?' (we hear) 'It's for the lecture platform,'"Murphy said.



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