LAKE PLACID - Dr. George Hart has always been an important part of the Lake Placid community, and his contributions were celebrated at a special reception hosted by the New York State Academy of Family Physicians on Friday, Jan. 18 at the High Peaks Resort.
A former NYSAFP president in 1970-71, Hart is considered a role model for young family physicians, which is why a fund was created in his name to support and develop future family physicians.
"We wanted to honor Dr. Hart in some permanent way," Vito Grasso, executive vice president of NYSAFP told the News. "This fund will help support the specialty of family medicine by helping to educate young family physicians".
NYSAFP Executive Vice President Vito Grasso welcomes George and Ruth Hart to the stage at the NYSAFP reception honoring Dr. Hart.
Hart has accomplished much as both a medical professional and community leader. He joined the US Army Medical Corps as a flight surgeon in 1942. During World War II he was stationed at Iwo Jima, and was awarded the Silver Star for his expert care. He is a member of the American Medical Association and the New York State Medical Society.
Locally, Dr. Hart was a staff member at Placid Memorial Hospital, where he was President of the Medical staff several times. He also worked at the Saranac Lake General Hospital. During the 1980 Olympics, Hart was the chairman of Medical Services, and also worked at the famous Lake Placid Club as Medical Director.
In the community, Hart was involved in several charitable organizations including the Kiwanis Club, the Free Masons, the Scottish Rite and the Shriners. He was president of the Lake Placid Board of Education for nine years, (serving on the board 15 years total) and was a board member for St. Francis Academy (Camelot). Hart is a well-known member of the community, and his service, both in medicine and through volunteerism, has made him a respected figure in Lake Placid.
Present at the Lake Placid ceremony in honor of Dr. Hart were local dignitaries James McKenna and Robi Politi, along with Dr. Hart's family, friends, and patients. As a gift to commemorate Hart's many years of service and dedication to family medicine, he was awarded a framed photograph from local photographer Nancie Battaglia. Hart was honored to be recognized by the NYSAFP.
"I'm very honored and humbled - all the people in attendance are my very dear friends and patients, and I love seeing them all again," Hart told the News.