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March 8, 2011

Florence physician wins state DHEC award

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Edward Behling, M.D., a family practice physician with McLeod Medical Plaza Family Medicine, has been given the annual S.C. Physician Award for Outstanding Service, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

"Dr. Behling has partnered with us since early in his medical career when he began seeing patients referred to him by the health department for maternity and other services," said DHEC Commissioner Earl Hunter. "More recently, his practice was the first in the Pee Dee to work with us to increase the region's level of pandemic flu preparedness."

According to Hunter, Dr. Behling's practice was an early provider of the H1N1 vaccine and treated many patients during the response.

"Dr. Behling's interest in public health and his influence on his staff and colleagues regarding its importance is evident in how quickly his practice responds to public health issues like disease outbreaks," Hunter said. "During a recent outbreak of whooping cough that involved several Florence schools, he handled a large number of the cases. And throughout that response, his ongoing communication with us and the community helped to lessen the impact and spread of this disease."

Hunter said the criteria for the award include length of service, personal qualities, and accomplishments or activities that are consistent with outstanding service by a physician.

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For more information:
Adam Myrick – (803) 898-3884
E-mail – myrickar@dhec.sc.gov
or
Suzette McClellan – (803) 938-2878
E-mail – mcclelcs@dhec.sc.gov
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