The Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics announced Monday that Medical Director Dr. Eric Ash has been awarded an Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) Hospital Hero Award for 2021.
Ash will be formally recognized at the IHA Awards Ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 5, with a reception to follow at the Dallas County Hospital.
Ash has practiced as a family medicine specialist at the DCH since 1998. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Medicine.
Since 2007 the IHA’s Hospital Heroes program has celebrated employees who have acted courageously in a crisis or selflessly served their hospitals and communities throughout their careers. Last year the IHA recognized all hospital employees for their heroic efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic and in response to the derecho windstorm of August 2020.
For 2021 IHA returns to recognizing at its annual meeting 10 hospital employees, including Perry’s Dr. Ash, who exemplify the passion and purpose of the community hospital mission every day.
Ash received several nominations across the DCH system, with many people expressing powerful compliments and sentiments on his behalf, including the following:
“Dr. Eric Ash has been a pillar in our community and is deserving of the IHA Hospital Heroes recognition. Since 1998, Dr. Ash has served patients in a caring and compassionate manner. As the Medical Director for the hospital, he leads the medical team with professionalism and integrity. Dr. Ash exemplifies passion and purpose of Dallas County Hospital’s mission daily and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Dallas County Hospital was the first hospital associated with community spread. Along with the leadership team, Dr. Ash jumped into preparation and response mode.”
“Dr. Ash spent countless hours focused on our pandemic plan and at the incident command table. Dr. Ash continually receives high marks on patient satisfaction.”
“He helped to organize our testing clinics, multiple calls with various agencies, daily meetings all while managing his practice. He provided several educational sessions to various agencies and businesses in our community.”
“His superb work has served as a wonderful example to our team and community members in demonstrating resilience and commitment to service and excellence during these unprecedented times.”
The members of the DCH system invite the Perry community to join them in congratulating Dr. Eric Ash on his receipt of an IHA Hospital Hero Award. Cards may be directed to 610 10th St., Perry, IA 50220.