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Home|Community|Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation|Physician Appreciation Award

Physician Appreciation Award

Each year, the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation hosts the Physician Appreciation Awards in celebration of physicians who have made a significant contribution. This year’s awards dinner was held Saturday, November 16. The 2013 honorees were:

  • Drs. Choudary and Lakshmi Ganga, who received the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation's Physician Philanthropy Award
  • Dr. Michael J. Archibeck, who received the Sarah Kotchian Clinical Quality Award
  • Dr. Charles H. Karaian, who received the Presbyterian Reverend Hugh A. Cooper Award

In 1903 the Rev. Hugh A. Cooper came to Albuquerque for the arid climate, considered the perfect therapeutic environment for one suffering from tuberculosis.

Shortly after his recovery, he became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church and in 1908 founded the Southwestern Presbyterian Sanatorium, a facility whose sole purpose was to care for the hundreds of TB patients flocking to the city.

As healthcare needs grew, the 'San', as it was fondly called, met the challenge, transforming itself over the years until today it is Presbyterian Healthcare Services, New Mexico's only locally owned, community-based, private, not-for-profit healthcare system with a managed care organization.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services was built on a foundation of caring by selfless leaders such as Rev. Cooper, and today's physicians, nurses, and staff strive to honor that guiding spirit each and every day. The Presbyterian Reverend Hugh A. Cooper Award is named in honor of Rev. Cooper.

2013 Physician Appreciation Honorees

Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation's Physician Philanthropy Award

Drs. Choudary and Lakshmi Ganga

Choudary and Lakshmi both grew up in humble, honest, hard-working families in India. While living in India, they never had enough money to give freely. Upon moving to the United States and beginning their professional careers, they gave everything they saved to their families in India. However, because of their modest beginnings, they always pushed themselves to do and give more. Today, the Gangas give generously to multiple charities in India, in addition to the Ganga Family Scholarship for nursing education through the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation. They are truly global philanthropists.

Presbyterian Sarah Kotchian Clinical Quality Award

Dr. Michael J. Archibeck

Dr. Archibeck joined New Mexico Orthopaedic Associates and Presbyterian Hospital’s Medical Staff in 2000. He received his medical degree from The UCLA School of Medicine in 1993, followed by an orthopedic residency at University of Utah (1999), and completed his orthopedic fellowship in 2000 at Rush Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Archibeck became involved in the Presbyterian Hospital Joint Replacement Program shortly after his arrival to the organization. Currently the program’s Medical Director, Dr. Archibeck was instrumental in Presbyterian receiving the 2013 Center of Excellence designation from the Joint Commission.

Presbyterian Reverend Hugh A. Cooper Award

Dr. Charles H. Karaian

Dr. Karaian arrived in Albuquerque as a Clinical Cardiologist for Southwest Cardiology Associates and then, in 1998, for the Presbyterian Heart Group. In five short years he was promoted to the Medical Director of the Presbyterian Healthcare Services Heart Program in 2003. In 2009, Chuck was promoted again – this time to Medical Director of the Heart Center at Presbyterian. Dr. Karaian always enjoyed practicing at the intersection of medicine and engineering with a focus on developing and implementing systems to provide safe, effective, and efficient cardiac care. Retiring in June 2013, Chuck was instrumental as a physician leader in advancing Presbyterian quality and patient safety. In addition to receiving the Rev. Hugh A. Cooper Award in 2013, he also received the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation Chief of Medical Staff Award for Excellent Clinical Quality in 2011.

Mark Your Calendars!

The 2014 Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation Physician Appreciation Awards will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014.