Marcia Nelson, M.D., honored with 2019 Physician Legacy Award

Marcia Nelson, M.D. Nominations for the Enloe Physician Legacy Award are submitted by doctors on the medical staff, Enloe employees and volunteers, and local community members. The hospital's medical executive committee reviews the nominations and announces the winner.

“Dr. Nelson is a gifted leader who supports physicians and encourages quality care at Enloe and in Chico,” said cardiologist Peter Magnusson, M.D., who presented the award to Marcia Nelson, M.D.

Nelson, a Chico family practitioner and local physician leader, is the first woman to receive the Physician Legacy Award since it was founded 15 years ago.

Dr. Nelson began practicing medicine in Chico and joined Enloe’s medical staff in 1989. She has served as Enloe’s chief medical officer since 2005, representing physicians in hospital operations and supporting physician leaders in providing quality care. She has led the Enloe Quality Summit since it launched in 2009. This annual event highlights quality initiatives throughout the medical center and sets new priorities.

Additional recognition for Dr. Nelson includes the California Hospital Association’s Ritz E. Heerman Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the improvement of patient care in California (2011), Enloe’s first Spirit of Planetree Physician Champion Award (2008) and the Enloe Quality Award for her role on a pneumonia quality improvement team (1997). She was also named the Chico Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Woman in Healthcare (2004).

During her personal time, Dr. Nelson enjoys spending time with family, cooking, knitting and singing with the North Valley Chamber Chorale.

Dr. Nelson graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Chico, in 1982 with a bachelor’s in biological chemistry, earned her medical degree from UCLA School of Medicine in 1986 and completed her family medicine residency in Merced, Calif., in 1989.

She received a master's degree in medical management from USC in 2012, Certified Physician Executive certification from the Certifying Commission in Medical Management in 2013 and is a fellow of the American Association for Physician Leadership. Dr. Nelson was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2000.

See all of the past recipients of the Physician Legacy Award.

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