Dr. Patricia June returned from Bangladesh just in time to be honored in her hometown for her work here and in that remote country.
June received the 2014 Walter E. Harrison Jr. Humanitarian Award at Colquitt Regional Medical Foundation’s annual gala March 27 — one day after her return from a three-week mission trip to the southern Asian country.
“I know Walter is smiling down tonight as we honor his friend and peer for the dedication she has shown in improving the lives of others through medicine and mission work,” said Foundation Chairman Jimmy Jeter.
June, who practices pediatrics in Moultrie, received her undergraduate degree at Duke University, graduating magna cum laude. She attended medical school at Emory University and completed residencies in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Tennessee in Memphis and the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
While in medical school she became interested in mission work and upon completion of her medical training, she accepted an opportunity to work at a medical clinic in Bangladesh. In 1984 and after her tour of service there, June opened a pediatric practice in Moultrie.
Since then, her community outreach has been plenty, according to a press release from the foundation. She has volunteered countless hours to organization such as Colquitt County Health Department, Colquitt County Migrant Health Program, Colquitt County Hospital Authority, Colquitt County Medical Society, Covenant Counseling Center, Hope House and the First Presbyterian Church of Moultrie.
Presenter and CEO of Colquitt Regional Medical Center Jim Matney said, “It is the unselfish giving of her time, money and talent that makes Dr. Patty June a humanitarian and the perfect recipient of this award.”
The Walter E. Harrison Jr. Humanitarian Award was established in 2012 to honor Harrison, a longtime Moultrie physician and humanitarian. It recognizes individual health care professionals who demonstrate commitment to compassionate health care service and community outreach which was Harrison’s guiding principle, the foundation press release said.
Past recipients of the award include physician Dr. Seth Berl and registered nurse Denise Linnenkohl.