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Tribute to Dr. Stephen Jay Mader, M.D.

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Margo Kerrigan, M.P.H., Area Director
Indian Health Service California Area Office

In Memoriam Stephen Jay Mader, M.D. 1951-2004

His obituary reads "Doctor championed Indian health care; he enjoyed interactions and accomplishments a private practice could not provide". How true this was. For Dr. Mader's professional medical practice encompassed 59 ambulatory and behavioral health care delivery sites both tribally-operated and in urban settings; he provided clinically guided GPRA standards to dozens of physicians practicing in isolated clinics to ensure that comprehensive preventive health and maintenance services were provided to American Indian patients for the types of chronic diseases for which they are at greatest risk. He brought telemedicine into the world of California Indian health.

We will remember his patience and tolerance. We will remember how he always deflected the credit to our collective accomplishments. He was a magnet for his employees, drawing out their hidden talents and passions. He was evolutionary; he could aim high and focus. He liked competition, but he was not reckless. He was grounded. And above all, as a family physician, he did no harm.

While we no longer have the physical Stephen Mader among us, ever so much greater we have his example. The virtual Stephen Mader will always be with us.

Dr. Mader is survived by his wife of 25 years, Paulette, and his two sons Ryan and Justin.

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This "Train the Trainer" workshop will not be repeated and it only applies to the Medicare Drug Card for AI/ANs authorized through December 31, 2005.

Participants requiring overnight lodging should contact these hotels soon to get government rates, as rooms are limited. We are planning for a large audience of up to 300 people per workshop. Project officers will be contacting their respective contractors/compactors to verify that this notice has been received and that all programs are represented.

If you need additional information, the California Area Office contact person is Toni Johnson. You can reach her at (916) 930-3937, ext. 354, or by e-mail toni.johnson@ihs.gov. Please provide her with a list of the number of and names of participants that you are planning to send.

I look forward to seeing you and your staff at this productive workshop that will add value for AI/AN Medicare beneficiaries and the I/T/Us that serve them.

Margo Kerrigan
 

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