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Local family doctor recognized by the California
Hospital Association

CHICO, Calif., Jan. 3, 2012 – The California Hospital Association (CHA) recently presented Marcia Nelson, MD, Enloe Medical Center's Vice President of Medical Affairs, with the Ritz E. Heerman Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the improvement of patient care in California. As a family physician, she also continues to see patients in her private practice at Mission Ranch Primary Care.

Dr. Nelson has been an instrumental leader in Enloe’s quality improvement journey, organizing and facilitating Enloe’s first Quality Summit in 2009 and subsequent summits annually. These events highlight the past year’s quality improvement successes and help set the new priorities. The Quality Summits have led to volunteer physician champions leading multidisciplinary teams that have positively impacted patient care at the medical center. Enloe’s 2011 Quality Summit Annual Report is available online at

“What we are doing here in our medical center is much bigger than just Enloe,” said Dr. Nelson. “It has the potential to change how other organizations approach quality. It’s quite a privilege to be part of this team!”

The Ritz E. Heerman Memorial Award is named in honor of the CHA’s first president. The association has been recognizing physicians with this award since 1960. Dr. Nelson received her award on Dec. 15 at CHA Board of Trustees meeting, and the CHA announced the award Dec. 23.

Dr. Nelson has been on Enloe Medical Center’s medical staff since 1989. She also continues to see patients in her private practice at Mission Ranch Primary Care. Dr. Nelson has held many leadership roles within the hospital including Vice President of Medical Affairs since 2005. In this role she provides physician perspective to the operations of the medical center and develops and supports physician leadership to enhance the quality of care for patients. Dr. Nelson was the first recipient of the Enloe Spirit of Planetree Physician Champion Award, in 2008. She was the Chico Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Woman in Healthcare in 2004.

Dr. Nelson graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Chico in 1982 (Biological Chemistry). She graduated from UCLA medical school in 1986 and completed her Family Medicine residency in Merced, Calif., in 1989. Dr. Nelson is currently working towards a Master of Medical Management degree from the University of Southern California. She is a member of the American College of Physician Executives.


Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530/332-7300 or visit us online at   Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif.  95926.

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