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Dr Juris Macs received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Chapter of the American College of Surgeons at their annual meeting the weekend of June 14, 2013 in Chelan, WA. The honor of this award is chosen through peer nomination and is given in recognition of "someone who has devoted their careers to their patients, communities, and profession and by doing so, set an example for all of us to follow," as described by the ACS Chapter President, Dr. Morrie Johnson.
Dr. Macs is a surgeon, serving Grays Harbor. Originally from Latvia, he eventually moved with his family to Auburn, Washington to work on a berry farm. He graduated from the University of Washington Medical School in 1962, worked for the United States Public Health Service as a surgeon in Chicago, Illinois and then settled in as a General Surgeon at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in 1969. He is not only a surgeon, but a leader and teacher in the greater medical community.
Dr. Macs has been a long time witness and influencer of the growth of emergency services here in Grays Harbor. Locally, he has provided Grays Harbor with upgrades to the trauma system and has trained hundreds of EMTs and firefighters. His obvious concern for emergency care reaches far beyond his own community and has led him to many state-wide committees and government work, including serving on the Governors' EMS Steering Committee and lobbying for Federal Grants for the EMS of Washington State. He is often called by colleagues the founding father of trauma care in Grays Harbor, if not also the entire state.
His sense of duty and discipline combined with his compassion and generosity is a great gift to the harbor. His peers in the medical community respect the attention he gives to each of his patients and in 2005 the Emergency Department was renamed in honor of Dr. Juris Macs. "Of all of his attributes, the one that stands out to my colleagues is his availability," said Dr. John Bausher, "...he will come into the office and even escort the patient to the hospital for continued care. It is for these reasons and many others that our emergency room carries his name."
For more information on how you can become a patient of Dr Macs, contact Harbor Surgical Associates at 360.537.6414.