Dr. Richard H. Allen and Dr. Alfred Hamady were inducted into the Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) Physicians’ Hall of Fame (PHOF) recently. The BBC Hall of Fame was created in 2009 to recognize doctors who through their long tenure and accomplishments, have mentored and served as an inspiration to others.
A Phi Beta Kappa recipient at Dartmouth College, Dr. Allen went on to medical school at Harvard and completed an orthopedic residency at Henry Ford Hospital.
Dr. Allen came to Battle Creek in 1956 where he practiced for more than 38 years. He helped found Southwest Michigan Rehab Hospital in 1958 and served as trustee for many years. He was the charter member and later president of the Michigan Orthopedic Society as well as one of the first trustees of Leila Hospital. He later participated in the committee to consolidate four acute care hospitals into one entity, Battle Creek Health System.
In the 1990s, Dr. Allen was asked to serve on the board of Southwest Michigan Rehab Foundation and later became its president.
After immigrating from Bogotá, Colombia, Dr. Hamady earned a medical degree from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center before completing a pediatrics residency in Detroit. He came to Battle Creek in1953, practicing until his retirement in1991.
He directed an intern program at Community Hospital and served as president of the Calhoun County Community Council in 1965. He was president of the Western Michigan Pediatric Society in 1982 and was active in forming the Community Action Agency in Battle Creek, and served as vice president of the Battle Creek Urban League.
In retirement, Dr. Hamady has taught geography and history at an elementary school as part of the Battle Creek School Enrichment program. He was the original director in 1977 and continues to serve the hospital as continuing medical education (CME) director.
“With so many outstanding physicians from which to choose, this was certainly a demanding task to narrow the field,” said Dr. Mahesh Karamchandani, chair of the BBC Hall of Fame selection committee. “But after researching the many names submitted, the Physician Hall of Fame committee selected two for induction this year. These doctors did more than heal their patients—they also served as examples for all who follow our noble profession.”
The selection committee under the leadership of Dr. Karamchandani, sought nominations from members of the BBC medical and nursing staffs to find both historic and contemporary physicians to be considered for induction.
Drs. Allen and Hamady join members of the previous four PHOF classes, which include Norman O. Amos, M.D.; William B. Comai, M.D.; John G. Girardot, M.D.; Jack Curtis Griffith, M.D.; John Harvey Kellogg, M.D.; Arthur Stevens Kimball, M.D.; Russell L. Mustard, M.D.; Charles W. O'Dell, Jr., M.D., John Joseph H. Schwarz, M.D., Charles L. Seifert, M.D.; Sherwood B. Winslow, M.D.; and Mehmet Z. Yilmaz, M.D.
Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms. It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI. Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include inpatient behavioral health, the county’s largest accredited sleep center, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. For nine years, Bronson Healthcare has been included on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list as a leading family friendly employer.