Dr. Robert Heavin wins the 2019 Doc Hollywood Award



Putnam County Hospital medical staff, board of trustees, long-time friends and family gathered for a special lunch at the hospital to honor Dr. Robert Heavin on the 2019 Doc Hollywood Award.  On Wednesday, June 19, Doctor Heavin will travel to French Lick Springs to receive his official award at the Annual Indiana Rural Health Associations Annual Conference.


Doc Hollywood as a part of the Indiana Rural Health Association’s Annual Conference!! This award nomination is open to any individual in Indiana who has shown dedication toward improving health care in his/her own underserved rural or other under-served community. One Doc Hollywood awardee will be recognized at IRHA’s Annual Conference at the French Lick Springs Resort and Conference Center in June. Attached is a nomination form. For more information about the Conference. The Doc Hollywood Day vision: Doc Hollywood Day is about recognizing the many individuals who care professionally for folks in our rural and other under-served communities across the nation. It is a time for celebration and fun. It also has a serious side. Access to quality healthcare is a key component in terms of individuals’ physical and mental health; it is also a key component in communities’ economic vitality. Without healthcare, along with schools, industry, water systems and other infrastructure, communities wither and die. Yet many people do not know about or understand the rewards of practicing in rural and other under served communities or even realize that they have the potential to become one of these heroic providers. Raising visibility and awareness about these unsung heroes, and celebrating their contributions, enhances our ability to recruit people into these professions and areas to ensure access to quality health care and viable, thriving communities. It is about fun, celebration, and so much more. Doc Hollywood Day is October 14.

Dr. Heavin is truly a blessing to our community. He’s a great representation of the image best stayed as an old-time country doctor. On numerous occasions Dr. Heavin showed up to provide care for our parents and Aunt and Uncle. Arriving with his black leather bag he came right to their house. –The Birt Family


I am writing to recognize my unsung hero in Putnam County Indiana.  Dr. Robert Heavin.  It is my opinion that Dr. Heavin is a brilliant doctor….the best diagnostician that I have ever met….and I know a lot of physicians!  I asked other patients of Dr. Heavin, old and new, what came to mind when they thought of their doctor.  These were some of the words and phrases that were used:  humble, has a servant’s heart, dedicated, makes house calls, listens well to me when I’m describing my symptoms, and he has prayed for me.  Wonderful words to describe this amazing doctor.  –Marcia Barker


One of my favorite stories is of the time he heard his cousin’s husband was ill and made a house call unannounced. No one but the ill gentleman was home. Doc decided he had a ruptured abdominal aneurysm. The man’s wife arrived home as doc was loading him in his car. He told the wife there was no time to wait for the ambulance, he was going to drive the man to meet them. The man was loaded into the ambulance and taken to the small county hospital where transport to Indy awaited. The man survived despite suffering a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm in a remote rural area because of the skill and tenacity of Dr. Robert Heavin.  –Cathy Clodfelter


Challenged with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and a serious tractor accident several years ago, Dr Heavin has continued to practice in a way that best suits the rural community and those who live there. A physician who is current in his practice, conservative and realistic in his approach and delivers care in a kind and compassionate manner, Dr. Heavin always enters a patient’s room with a smile and a kind word.  –Jackie Eitel


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