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Dr. Vance Maloney, on-site physician at Life Care Center of Punta Gorda, was named Southeast Division Physician of the Year for Life Care Centers of America on April 9.

The award was given during a ceremony held at Life Care Center of Punta Gorda. The ceremony included facility staff. Six other divisional award winners and a company-wide winner were also honored earlier in the year at the American Medical Directors Association Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

Maloney came to Life Care Center of Punta Gorda as the on-site physician in March 2012. During the awards ceremony, he was praised for his selfless and compassionate nature, bringing laughter to fellow associates and residents often, catering to the needs of his patients and being involved in duties outside of what is required of him.

“In every sense of the word, he is a team player,” said Bruce Freeman, retired executive director. “He never puts himself above other members of the staff.”

One of Maloney’s contributions to facility life was when he planned a dinner for six of the well-known family physicians around Punta Gorda. He knew the personal touch that getting doctors to attend an after-hour event would require, so he reached out personally to ensure attendance from the guests.

“The good will that he helped build with the community physicians at that dinner was outstanding,” said Freeman.

Maloney even comes in every weekend to check in on his patients.

“Dr. Maloney is a true gentleman, and a huge asset to the leadership team at Life Care Center of Punta Gorda,” said Freeman.

“Physicians play a pivotal role in the care of our residents,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president, “and we are proud to honor those who stand out in their commitment and their compassion to ensure the health and well-being of those entrusted to them.”

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