Nags Head resident Christine Petzing, MD, hospitalist at The Outer Banks Hospital, has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2017 North Carolina Doctor of the Year Award. Throughout the state, patients, colleagues and friends are voting online for the finalist they would like to be named NC Doctor of the Year. This honor comes with a $5,000 prize to be used to further a professional or community project of the winner’s choosing.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be considered for this award,” said Petzing. “Being a family practice doctor is incredibly rewarding because of the many opportunities to work with our patients throughout their lives and even during their end-of-life journey. Ultimately, for me, being a physician is about service to my patients, community and colleagues. If I were selected, I would like to see this award go toward hospice (for those who need help with additional resources), the substance abuse task force and our cancer care efforts.”

To learn more about NC Doctors’ Day, now in its third year, and to vote for Dr. Christine Petzing, visit the NC Doctors’ Day website at www.ncdoctorsday.org. Voting runs from March 20 through March 29, 2017.

Petzing, who was named Physician of the Year by the North Carolina Association for Home and Hospice Care in 2014 and Citizen of the Year by the Dare County Chamber of Commerce and PNC Bank in 2016, is also heavily involved in the Outer Banks community efforts to tackle prescription drug abuse. She was instrumental in forming the Providers’ Council on Prescription Drug Abuse and rallying more than 60 local physicians to sign a pledge to become part of the solution. She serves as the medical director for Dare Home Health and Hospice and, in collaboration with the Healthy Carolinians of the Outer Banks Dementia task force, has worked to make The Outer Banks Hospital the first “Dementia-Friendly” hospital in North Carolina.
   
NC Doctors’ Day is the homegrown celebration of National Doctors’ Day, spearheaded by the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS). Starting in February, patients, colleagues, family and friends nominated doctors who exemplify the best qualities of caring, compassion, clinical expertise and community involvement. Each year, hundreds of doctors throughout the state are nominated through the NC Doctors’ Day website. Profiles of the 10 finalists selected from this large pool of nominees can be viewed at the NC Doctors’ Day website.

These extraordinary physicians represent various specialties and are from across North Carolina. The winner will be announced on National Doctors’ Day, March 30.

About the North Carolina Medical Society
The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) is the oldest and largest physician organization in the state devoted to representing the interests of physicians and protecting the quality of patient care.