CHICO, Calif., Jan. 13, 2017 – Longtime Enloe cardiologist Dr. Peter Magnusson has been named Enloe Medical Center's Physician Legacy Award winner for 2016. Each year, Enloe recognizes a member of its medical staff for exceptional service, leadership and performance in medicine and the community.
Nominations for the Enloe Physician Legacy Award are submitted by doctors on the medical staff, employees, volunteers and community members. The hospital's medical executive committee reviews the nominations and announces the winner.
Magnusson joined Enloe's staff in 1988 and has served in many leadership roles during his almost 30-year tenure. In addition to his role in treating patients, he is the medical director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Emeritus Trustee of the Enloe Board of Trustees for his contributions from 2001 to 2009, and is currently co-chair of the Cardiovascular Care Center Campaign. He has been a longtime member of California State University, Chico's Advisory Board, the North Valley Chamber Chorale and Bidwell Presbyterian Church choir.
"Peter Magnusson is an inspiring physician and leader who has dedicated his career to improving the lives of his patients, profession and community," said Dr. Marcia Nelson, Enloe vice president of medical affairs. "He is the epitome of a compassionate, skilled physician whose visionary leadership continues to makes a difference every day at our medical center."
One of his award nominations stated, "Dr. Magnusson is a great cardiologist who has improved the lives of many, both his patients and the community in general, by volunteering his time to improve the health status of Chico and Butte County." Another wrote, "Dr. Magnusson goes the extra mile to serve and to keep the patient informed every step of the way." Dr. Magnusson "has been a champion of excellence for as long as I have known him," added another.
Magnusson received his medical degree from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. He completed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and his fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he gained exceptional cardiovascular care knowledge and experience. While at Cedars-Sinai, he served on the clinical faculty staff and was assistant director of inpatient cardiology services. Magnusson also worked as a cardiologist at Kaiser-Permanente in Los Angeles for 10 years.
Magnusson moved to Chico in 1988 and was intrigued by the bicycling and close proximity to mountain sports, as well as the small town atmosphere that reminded him of the quaint Midwestern town where he grew up. He arrived to find a growing need for cardiovascular care services and quickly took on leadership and advisory positions to be part of the solution to drive and improve health care in the community.
His drive continues today, as Magnusson and his wife, Kathryn, serve as volunteer co-chairs for the Enloe Foundation’s Cardiovascular Care Center Campaign committee. Magnusson is excited to be part of helping build this future center to provide life-saving cardiac services for decades to come.
Past recipients of the Physician Legacy Award are: Patrick Tedford, M.D. (2015); Jeffrey Lobosky, M.D. and William Voelker, M.D. (2014); Samuel Brown, M.D., and Dale Wilms, M.D. (2013); David Potter, M.D. (2012); John Howard, M.D. (2011); Eugene Cleek, M.D. (2010); Joseph Matthews, M.D. (2009); Terrance Fraters, M.D. (2008); Joseph Chiapella, M.D. (2007); Jimmy Roberts, M.D., and Walter Mazen, Sr., M.D. (2006); James Wood, M.D. (2005); and Donald Heithecker, M.D. (2004). Find more information at www.enloe.org/legacy.
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Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530/332-7300 or visit us online at http://www.enloe.org. Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif. 95926.