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PALM COAST, Fla., October 13, 2016 — On Sept. 14, Florida Hospital Flagler named board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Dennis Alter as the physician of the quarter for the third quarter of the year.
“Dr. Alter treats each patient as if they are the most important case, no matter how large or small an issue may be,” one of his colleagues said in his nomination.
He is known to go above and beyond for patients, praying with them and giving them the support they need, the nomination elaborated. He is kind and compassionate, a good listener and his manner is second to none.
Alter attended the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa on an Air Force scholarship. After completing an internship at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland (renamed Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington in 2009) and flight surgery training in San Antonio, Texas, Alter served as flight surgeon at the Pentagon and was charged with medical support for the 89th Special Air Mission (Air Force One). He completed his orthopedic residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, formerly known as the National Naval Medical Center and colloquially referred to as the Bethesda Naval Hospital. He then practiced as an orthopedic surgeon in Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, where he served as chief of orthopedics.
In 1992, he moved to Flagler County and opened his medical practice. In February 2013, he joined Flagler Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, the physician group affiliated with Florida Hospital Flagler. He was chief of staff for two terms and currently serves on the board of directors for Florida Hospital Flagler.
About Florida Hospital Flagler
Florida Hospital Flagler is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 46 hospital campuses and nearly 8,200 licensed beds in 10 states. With 99-beds, Florida Hospital Flagler is one of the six Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties that composes the Florida Hospital East Florida Region. As the largest hospital system in the area, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region has 923 beds and more than 6,000 employees. With a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region collectively contributed nearly $120 million in benefits in 2015 to the underprivileged, the community’s overall health and wellness and spiritual needs, and capital improvements. For more information about Florida Hospital Flagler, visit www.FloridaHospitalFlagler.com.
Dr. Kristin McCabe, emergency medical physician and chief of staff at Florida Hospital Flagler, presents the Physician of the Quarter award to Dr. Dennis Alter. The board certified orthopedic surgeon was recognized for his dedication to Florida Hospital Flagler and his personalized support of his patients.