Rheumatologist R. Neal Boswell, M.D., Wins Statewide Hospital Hero Award
R. Neal Boswell, M.D., board-certified rheumatologist with Southeast Georgia
Physician Associates-Rheumatology, was awarded the prestigious Georgia
Hospital Heroes Award at the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA)
annual Hospital Heroes Awards luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 10 in Atlanta.
Dr. Boswell, who was one of only 10 individuals statewide to receive the
award, was recognized for his work in establishing the Coastal Medical
Access Project (CMAP), a clinic which has provided free health care to
uninsured and underinsured patients in southeast Georgia for more than a decade.
Boswell has contributed many hours of volunteer service to CMAP since
its inception. With his assistance, the nonprofit organization received
its first grant of $100,000 and obtained a building from the local housing
authority. Boswell continued to assist in the tireless search for more
sources of funding. In 2011, CMAP became a part of Southeast Georgia Health
System. Thanks to the dedication of Dr. Boswell and his colleagues, CMAP
patients receive not only a base level of preventive care and disease
management, but specialist care when required.
Throughout the years, Boswell has been an unwavering ambassador who has
enlisted the assistance of numerous specialists who see CMAP patients
for free in their own offices. He has also coordinated with the Health
System and local surgeons to provide surgery to CMAP’s patients
free of charge.
In addition to his expert leadership, Boswell has given copiously of his
time and medical expertise. Prior to becoming part of the Health System,
CMAP only employed nurses and support personnel full-time and relied entirely
on volunteer physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners
to staff its medical clinics. Over the years, Boswell has consistently
volunteered more than any other physician.
“Dr. Boswell’s unflagging dedication to CMAP shows his lifelong
commitment to providing medical care to patients in need, wherever they
may be,” said Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, president and CEO, Southeast
Georgia Health System. “We, too, consider Dr. Boswell to be a true
hero. Each and every day, he demonstrates the commitment to our community
that defines everything we do.”
“Access to care is a challenge facing many communities,” said
GHA President Earl V. Rogers. “Thanks to Dr. Boswell’s unwavering
determination, many residents of southeast Georgia are able to receive
necessary health care through CMAP. He is a most deserving recipient of
GHA’s Hospital Heroes Awards are presented every year to 10 individuals
who display outstanding service to the health care field; in addition,
one individual is presented with a Lifetime Achievement award, signifying
at least 30 years of service.