|Dr. Robert Bartron received the "Boss of the Year" award for 1966 by the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Watertown. He received the Distinguished Service award for community service by the State Medical Association in June 1967. The Lake Area Vocational-Technical School Service Award by the Watertown Board of Education in 1968. The Distinguished Service Award by SD Medical School Endowment Association in 1969. Notable Americans Award. Dean Akeley Society (Development of USD). Special Presidential Award in recognition of 20 years of service to the State Board of Medical Osteopathic Examiners in 1979. The Distinguished Service Award by the South Dakota State Medical Association in 1982. The Distinguished Service Award by the University of South Dakota Medical School in 1986. He was listed in American Men of Medicine and Marquis' Who's Who.
Dr. Bartron has attended several continuing education programs. He serves as the medical director of Prairie Lakes Nursing Home. The role of a medical director is an important one and requires the coordination of administration and nursing services in the overall operation of the nursing home. One of the major responsibilities of a medical director is to see that addressed and carried out. In addition to this, he serves as a consultant on all policies and procedures, is responsible for review of all patient care, incident, infection control, and quality assurance reports.
Dr. Bartron returned to Watertown and joined his father in the practice of medicine and surgery at Barton Hospital and Clinic. Dr. Bartron has served in numerous civic on the local as well as state and national levels. He is a recent recipient of a Bush Fellowship Award in the Study of Geriatric Medicine and has been involved in an active ongoing education in the needs of the geriatric patient. He completed studies at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Scotland and recently completed a training program for medical directors at the University of Minnesota.
He expressed concern for the rapidly growing number of elderly in our society and being able to meet their demands. He feels we will face a health care crisis in the future due to the increasing number of elderly. The fact they are not adequately covered as far as insurance is a major concern. The cost of a good policy is very expensive and is prohibited to many of the elderly who are on a fixed income.
This list of accomplishments was complied without Dr. Bartron's knowledge, as he would have undoubtedly refused to cooperate with any such efforts. Dr. Bob personifies the essence of a man who sees what needs to be done, and has the foresight and intestinal fortitude to get the job done. When the Watertown area needed it in his early days of practice, he founded the Bartron Hospital Nursing School. When it was felt that the state needed a medical school, he campaigned for state legislature and was instrumental in the funding of the medical school at the University of South Dakota. This state owes him a great debt of gratitude for all that he has done.
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