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Dr. Scott Portis, left, is pictured with Mark Medley, 2014 chair-elect for the Tennessee Hospital Association's Board of Directors, and Jennifer Page, keynote speaker for the THA event where Dr. Portis received his award.

Longtime Baptist Huntingdon physician receives statewide honor

Dr. Scott Portis, a physician who recently retired after nearly 40 years of service to Baptist Huntingdon and the surrounding community, received the Tennessee Hospital Association’s Meritorious Service Award for Medical Staff. The award recognizes leadership and service by physicians in support of their hospitals and health systems.

Nominated by Baptist Huntingdon, Dr. Portis was honored for his four decades of dedication to the hospital and community. A member of Baptist Huntingdon’s medical staff from 1974 until his retirement earlier this year, Dr. Portis served eight terms as chief of staff. He continues to practice part time at the Eagle Creek Clinic in Paris, Tenn.

During his career, Dr. Portis made house calls, delivered babies, supported the less fortunate by securing jobs and financial resources, and provided education to children on healthy lifestyles and bicycle safety. He was known to cover the emergency department on holdiays so other physicians could have time with their families.

In addition, Dr. Portis served as an advocate for the health care industry through his political connections. He shared concerns and wishes with federal, state and local officials and worked with the hospital on numerous issues.

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