Physician Distinguished Service Award given to former Emergency Department physician

The late Dr. D. Bryan Franks, a former physician in Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department was remembered with the first-ever Physician Distinguished Service Award at Memorial’s Medical Staff Dinner on Feb. 23.

Dr. Franks was a beloved Emergency Department physician at Memorial for over 30 years.  He passed away suddenly last June.

He was admired by staff for his integrity, patience, intelligence, sense of humor and compassion as well as his passion for teaching and sports.

Known to some of the staff as “Gramps,” staff shared that Dr. Franks had an uncanny diagnostic ability and remained calm, cool and collected under pressure.  He also was characterized as a “rare bird” of the very best kind and a true ER legend.

The family of Dr. Franks, who were unable to attend the dinner, will be given a plaque which reads:  “In recognition of over 30 years of distinguished service – providing professional and compassionate care to patients and serving as a valued mentor, teach and friend to staff members.”

A duplicate plaque also will be placed in the Memorial Hospital Belleville Emergency Department where Dr. Franks spent three decades.