Tama County Public Health & Home Care (TCPH & HC) joins the Iowa Department of Public Health Office of Rural Health in celebrating National Rural Health Day on Nov. 15.
National Rural Health Day in Iowa is an opportunity to honor individuals who have been outstanding in their healthcare service to rural communities. TCPH & HC is pleased to announce their nomination of Dr. Dennis Mallory, Toledo, as a "Rural Health Champion."
Dr. Mallory has served on the Tama County Board of Health since 1989, the last 21 years as the Board Chairman.
Dr. Dennis Mallory
His leadership on the Board has been exemplary, rarely missing one of the monthly meetings and mentoring new members. Because of his affiliation with numerous other local, state and national health related organizations and initiatives; he has extensive knowledge of issues that impact rural health care in Tama County. He is always enthusiastic in imparting his wisdom and understanding of such topics to the Board and the local public health agency staff. Under his devoted leadership, he has provided guidance to the Agency's governing board, administration and Advisory Board, upon which he also serves, in policies and decisions which have focused on quality care to our rural citizens.
Dr. Mallory is well known in the local community having been commissioned by the United States Public Health Service in 1975 to serve in a Rural Health Clinic in Toledo.
Emergency Medical Services was in its formative years at that time and Dr. Mallory served for years as instructor, lecturer and speaker to community organizations, both local and state.
Upon retirement from active practice in 2005, Dr. Mallory commented on the many programs that enable citizens of rural Iowa to have access to a medical provider and the importance of the local communities having hard working, compassionate and caring citizens who do good works every day to take care of families and others. He added, "I am proud to say that I am from Tama County. Thanks for giving so much to a country doctor." He continues to serve as EMS Medical Director as well as Chief Medical Examiner in Tama County.
At the national and state levels, Dr. Mallory has been President of the Iowa Chapter of the American Medical Directors Association, serves on the Iowa EMS Systems Standards committee, served on the Iowa Public Health Standards Workforce, is a member of the Long Term Care of Joint Commission, is a member of the Iowa Collaborative Safety Net Provider Network Advisory Committee. He views each appointment and service on the various committees and boards as a privilege and an opportunity to give a rural medicine view, as well as an asset that he can bring back locally to improve rural healthcare.
Over the past 10 months, Dr. Mallory has had another venue in which to exhibit his fortitude, positive attitude and at times, humor. In February of 2012, he was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. Throughout chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Dr. Mallory has continued to serve as Board of Health Chairperson and keep abreast of rural health issues. Calling himself "diseased and elderly" he remains a true champion for the rural health population and every individual. His work is not done yet!