Memorial Physician Receives Award of Excellence

Patrick J. Unkel, MD, a pediatrician on staff at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and a part-time faculty member at the Memorial/LSUHSC Family Medicine Residency Program, was the first recipient of the William Perry George Memorial Award of Excellence. The George Family Foundation recognized Dr. Unkel for his ethics, a life-long dedication to learning, and his many acts of kindness in both his personal and professional life.

Designed to recognize an outstanding faculty or staff member, resident, or physician associated directly with the residency program, the award was presented during a ceremony for the residency program's graduates on June 29.

Jody George, MD, a 2007 graduate of the residency program, presented Dr. Unkel with a crystal memorial on behalf of the family foundation. In addition, the West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Foundation donated $500 to the residency program in Dr. Unkel's honor.

"Dr. Unkel was a pioneer in his field, and continues to stay abreast of the latest advancements in medicine," said Dr. George. "He has touched literally thousands of lives in southwest Louisiana, and has set the standard of care for our community."

A graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Dr. Unkel completed his pediatric residency at New Orleans Charity Hospital and is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Unkel was a co-founder of and practicing pediatrician with the Children's Clinic of Southwest Louisiana and also served as coordinator of pediatrics at W.O. Moss Regional Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The William Perry George Memorial Award of Excellence is presented in memory of Dr. George's grandfather, a World War II Navy veteran and member of the original General Electric engineering team that helped the United States government apply modern radar to military and civilian use in the late 1930s. Although William Perry George was a native of London, Kentucky, he and his wife of 59 years settled in Louisiana, her home state, after the war. He retired from Southern Pacific Railroad after 20 years as a conductor.

For more information, call the Memorial/LSUHSC Family Medicine Residency Program at (337) 494-2023.