October 23, 2014

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2 Medina physicians honored

Dr. Richard Rose, left and Dr. John Surso joke about how many patients they have in common on Thursday afternoon at Medina Hospital. Rose, who specializes in orthopedics, and Surso, a family physician, were honored Friday. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Dr. Richard Rose, left and Dr. John Surso joke about how many patients they have in common on Thursday afternoon at Medina Hospital. Rose, who specializes in orthopedics, and Surso, a family physician, were honored Friday. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Two Medina physicians with more than 30 years of service in the community, Drs. Richard Rose and John Surso, were honored for their work Friday evening by the Cleveland Clinic and Medina Hospital staff.

Rose, who has been on the staff at Medina Hospital for 34 years, was named Humanitarian of the Year for his work locally and in Africa.

Rose, an orthopedic surgeon, has worked with the Amish community locally for many years.

Dr. Thomas Tulisiak, president of Medina Hospital, said he’s proud to present the humanitarian award to Rose and praised his work with local Amish families.

“He’s been very active working with people in that community,” Tulisiak said.

Rose said many Amish lead a life filled with manual labor and are often in need of a doctor for a variety of ailments.

“I do a lot of carpal tunnel surgeries and there are a lot of fractures in the Amish community,” he said.

Word spread in the Amish community that not only was Rose an exceptional physician, he was easy on medical charges. He said he does everything he can to keep their costs low because many Amish don’t have health insurance for religious reasons.

“If they’re going to live by their faith, I’m not going to penalize them for it,” Rose said. “I’m going to help them out.”

Rose said he admires the Amish for their simple lifestyle and enjoys working with members of the community. He continues to serve Amish families in Ohio, but also from Michigan and Pennsylvania.

“The people from out of state were from here, but moved, and they come back to see me,” he said.

Last year, Rose went on a two-week mission trip to Africa with Dr. Thomas Ebner, his former practice partner who is now retired. Ebner was the recipient of the 2012 Humanitarian of the Year award.

Rose said they worked performing surgeries for many of the local tribes in Kenyan villages outside the capital of Nairobi.

“The people there are among the nicest in the world,” Rose said. He said he and Ebner treated mostly broken bones and other trauma. Some of the injuries were severe and had not been treated for days or weeks.

“Some had very old injuries and, of course, there were many infections,” he said.

In addition to his humanitarian efforts, Rose also has served as chief of staff and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the hospital.

As Rose was honored for his humanitarian work, Surso, a family physician who has been with the hospital for 33 years, was named the hospital’s Physician of the Year.

Surso credited the hard work of the staff for his success.

“In Medina, one of the neat things is that we really all work together,” he said.

He said he shares many patients with Rose and that the collaboration between doctors benefits patients and doctors alike.

“Medina Hospital has hired a number of new nurses and they’re all very good,” he said. “I can’t say enough about the nursing staff.”

Surso said he enjoys serving as a family physician because he gets to know entire families, which can help him understand family history and form strong relationships.

“Some of the people I treat I also helped to deliver as a baby,” he said. “You just really get to know the whole family.”

Surso also has served as chief of staff and chairman of the Department of Family Medicine. He manages his own family practice and serves as president of the Family Medicine Association of Medina.

Surso’s Physician of the Year award is named after Dr. R. Lynn Mansell, who served as chief of staff when the hospital opened in 1944 with eight physicians and 30 employees. Mansell worked at the hospital until his retirement in 1984. At his retirement, Mansell had served the medical community in Medina for 57 years.

The awards ceremony Friday night was at the Blair Center in Westfield Center.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.