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Published on February 06, 2013

Friend of Altru Honored with AMA Excellence in Medicine Award

Grand Forks, ND – Dr. Mark Jacobson, missionary physician and CEO of Arusha Lutheran Medical Center in Arusha, Tanzania, is the recipient of the 2013 American Medical Association Foundation’s Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine. He will accept the award next week during the Excellence in Medicine Awards banquet at the AMA National Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Dr. Nathan Davis International Award honors physicians for outstanding international service in the areas of medical practice, medical education or medical research.

“This is a wonderful honor, not just for me personally, but for the entire team of Tanzanian and American colleagues who have joined together to make a difference in the lives of those with many desperate needs,” said Dr. Jacobson. “The joy of serving and ultimately, easing the lives of some of our world’s most needy and underserved patients is in itself, truly an award.”

Born and raised in Stillwater, Minn., Dr. Jacobson switched career paths from politics to health care after visiting Africa. He has spent his medical career as a medical missionary physician in Kenya and Tanzania.

Altru Health System’s Dr. Rolf Paulson, director of Internal Medicine/Vascular Diseases and Wound Care, is currently in Arusha, Tanzania, working with Dr. Jacobson at Arusha Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Paulson nominated Dr. Jacobson for the AMA award.

“It’s challenging, at times, but it’s also fun, exciting and very rewarding,” said Dr. Paulson of his mission work. “The people are wonderful and very grateful for the care.”

Various departments throughout Altru have donated medical equipment to Dr. Jacobson’s mission work.

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, a large home care network, and a congregate living facility. It employs more than 200 physicians and 3,800 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $400 million.