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MAFP Names Diane Kennedy, MD, of Luverne, Minnesota, the 2018 Family Physician of the Year

Wednesday, March 21, 2018   (0 Comments)
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St. Louis Park, March 20, 2018 – The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) has named Diane Kennedy, MD, of Luverne, Minnesota, as the 2018 Family Physician of the Year. This award is presented annually to a family physician who personifies the highest ideals of family medicine: compassionate, comprehensive patient care and involvement in the community.

Kennedy is a rural family doctor at Sanford Luverne Clinic, who has served the community of Luverne for 25 years. She practices full spectrum family medicine—care for all ages and all conditions—including outpatient, inpatient, emergency, and obstetrics care.

Her patients and colleagues describe her as an advocate, a listener, and a servant leader. Kennedy is committed to providing her patients with quality care. She values every member of her clinical team and goes above and beyond to remove barriers that may be impacting her patients’ ability to receive care. She regularly comes alongside patients in crisis to provide support and additional resources in their time of need.

One nominator said, “She is the first one to arrive at the clinic in the morning and the last one to leave at night. Seeing over 25 patients in one day is not an anomaly for her, it’s just a normal Tuesday. She is always willing to see patients who need to be seen.”

In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Kennedy serves as a mentor and educator to medical students via the internationally renowned University of Minnesota Rural Physician Associate Program and Rural Medical Scholars Program. She is also a physician lead for rural family medicine with Sanford Health.

Kennedy believes in the importance of caring for her patients outside clinic walls and is actively involved in the community of Luverne. In addition to her clinical practice, she sees patients at the local nursing home, Veterans Home and Hospice Cottage. She provides sideline coverage at local sporting events and is an active member of her church and the local 4-H chapter.

Kennedy is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She is also an alumnus of the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed her family medicine residency training in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Medical student Alexis Quade, who was mentored by Kennedy, said, “Kennedy instilled in me a passion for primary care and rural medicine. She is a physician who is making a difference in the lives of her patients and community.”


About the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians: The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is a state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. MAFP promotes the specialty of family medicine in Minnesota and supports family physicians as they provide high quality, comprehensive and continuous medical care for patients of all ages. It is the largest medical specialty organization in Minnesota, representing more than 3,200 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students.

About the MAFP Academy Awards: Each year, MAFP recognizes its members for their hard work and dedication to family medicine via its own Academy Awards. Family physicians from across Minnesota are nominated—by patients, community members, educators, learners and colleagues—for a variety of awards. The MAFP Board of Directors selects awardees after reviewing nomination letters and credentials. Awards will be formally presented at the MAFP Spring Refresher, to be held April 12 & 13, 2018, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

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