Dr. Saeed Ahmed Receives Vermont Medical Society’s Physician of the Year Award for 2021
Dr. Saeed Ahmed, Medical Director of the West Ridge Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center, was named Physician of the Year for 2021 by the Vermont Medical Society (VMS). The Vermont Medical Society will formally present the award at their 208th Annual Meeting on November 5, 2021.
The VMS Physician of the Year Award is granted annually to a physician licensed in the state of Vermont who has demonstrated outstanding performance in the quality of care given to patients; demonstrated skillful and compassionate patient care; and demonstrated dedication to the welfare of patients in accordance with accepted principles of good medical practice.
“Dr. Ahmed’s leadership at the West Ridge Center methadone/Suboxone hub has resulted in an increase in patients serviced during the pandemic when many other similar sites experienced a decrease in patient volume. His leadership also resulted in improved patient outcomes,” said Dr. Simha Ravven, President of VMS.
In nominating Dr. Ahmed, Dr. Matthew Sommons, the Medical Director of Psychiatric Services at Rutland Regional highlighted Dr. Ahmed’s high level of commitment to his patients and his staff.
“Dr. Ahmed quietly goes about his everyday work as an inpatient psychiatrist while developing a positive therapeutic alliance with patients across all diagnostic spectrums,” said Sommons. “His high level of collaboration with his peers and the nursing staff, all of whom rely heavily on his guidance, speaks highly of his level of commitment to all entrusted in his care.”
“I am appreciative of this recognition and the kind words about the work we do here at Rutland Regional,” said Dr. Ahmed. “I am truly thankful for the recognition of my work but, as I always say, awards and recognition are earned through teamwork, so this one is for everyone.”
Claudio Fort, President and CEO of Rutland Regional took the opportunity to applaud Dr. Ahmed’s accomplishment in a recent announcement to the providers, staff and volunteers at the hospital.
“We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated, fellowship-trained addiction psychiatrist directing the West Ridge Center,” Fort said. “We are proud and privileged to have a physician of Dr. Ahmed’s caliber in our medical community and we congratulate him on this impressive honor and recognition from his peers here in Vermont.”
Recently the West Ridge Center, under Dr. Ahmed’s leadership, received recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance under the Patient-Centered Specialty Practice category (ncqa.org). The recognition was presented in June of this year for West Ridge Center’s streamlined referral process, care coordination with referring clinicians, timely patient and caregiver-focused care management, and work toward continuous clinical quality improvement.
About West Ridge Center
West Ridge Center was established by Rutland Regional Medical Center and opened in 2013 to help manage the growing need for addiction recovery in our area. Opioid addition affects every aspect of one’s life. The specialists at West Ridge Center provide comprehensive, effective treatment in a caring environment where recovery and personal health are our top priority. The West Ridge specialists combine proven medication-assisted therapies, such as methadone and buprenorphine dosing, with psychological and social counseling to deliver the most effective treatment. Treatment includes strengthening a patient’s connection to family and community and preventing relapse. All aspects of addiction are treated including social, psychological, and medical issues. West Ridge also offers a range of educational classes on communicable diseases, nutrition and wellness, addiction and the brain, and relapse skill building. The West Ridge Center is located at 1 Scale Ave., Building 10 at the Howe Center in Rutland.