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McDuffie County's Fincher honored for service by professional organization

Jacqueline W. Fincher, MD, FACP, is the recipient of the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Physicians' 2007 Laureate Award.

The Laureate Award is presented only to Fellows or Masters of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Recipients must demonstrate excellence in health care, education, or research and an outstanding commitment to community, ACP chapter and the National American College of Physicians. Dr. Fincher was presented the Laureate Award during the 2007 Annual Georgia College ACP meeting held in Savannah earlier this month.

Dr. Fincher earned her bachelor of science degree cum laude from Oral Roberts University and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) School of Medicine in 1985. She completed internship and residency in internal medicine at MCG. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a managing partner of the McDuffie Medical Associates.

Since becoming a member of the American College of Physicians in 1989, Dr. Fincher has worked as an advocate for excellence in health care and public policy. In recognition of her many contributions, Dr. Fincher became a Fellow of the College in 1998. She has served on the chapter's Governor's Advisory Council since 1997 and was vice president (2001-2003). Additionally, Dr. Fincher has served as chair of the Membership, Public Relations, and Health and Public Policy Committees (HPPC) and as a member of the Women's and Program Committees.

As Chairperson for the Health and Public Policy Committee, Dr. Fincher organizes leadership/advocacy days at the state and national capitols, apprises members of key legislative issues, facilitates active participation in the political process and has been responsible for increasing the chapter's Key Contacts by nearly 300 percent.

She was recognized for key advocacy contributions at the 2004 and 2006 National Legislative Day ceremonies in Washington, DC. Dr. Fincher also serves the national organization as a member of the Marketing and Communications Committee.

In addition to her work with the ACP, Dr. Fincher has been a key leader in the American Heart Association (AHA). She served on many committees, including the national, Southeast Affiliate, and Georgia Board of Directors.

She served as president of the Georgia Affiliate from 1994-95. In 2000, Dr. Fincher received the American Heart Association Physician of the Year Award, the penultimate award given by the organization. This extraordinary award is given to one practicing physician annually for outstanding contributions to the accomplishment of the AHA mission to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Dr. Fincher works full-time in the private practice of general internal medicine, is married to Dr. Jamie Lemley, and has one daughter, Laura. Dr. Fincher participates in various community activities, such as the monthly breast cancer support group she has led for a decade, and she has emerged as one of the most respected advocates for health care in the State of Georgia.

Web posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007

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