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Rumford Doctor Named Maine's Family Physician of the Year

Family practitioner Dieter Kreckel, M.D., has been named Family Physician of the Year by the Maine Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP).

The MAFP recognized Kreckel with the award at its recent annual meeting. During the presentation it was noted that he has volunteered hundreds of hours of service in leadership positions to both the MAFP and the Maine Medical Association (MMA). He is a past-president of the MAFP and represents the organization as Maine's delegate to the American Academy of Family Practice Congress. A MMA board member for more than a decade, Kreckel is currently the organization's president.

Kreckel practices family medicine at Swift River Family Medicine in Rumford, where he also teaches resident physicians as director of the Central Maine Medical Center Rural Track Residency Program. He holds active staff privileges at Rumford Hospital, where he has also served in a variety of leadership positions, including medical staff president. He is active in his church and community and for several years has chaired the Rumford Finance Committee. Dieter and his wife, Jennifer, an attorney, have two children and two grandchildren.

"As I wrote the nomination letter for Dr. Kreckel, it became clear to me the breadth of his commitment and service to the organization, his community, and his profession, goes far beyond what many of us knew. It was an absolute joy to nominate Dr. Kreckel for this award and we are thrilled he received this well deserved recognition," said Rumford Hospital President David Frum.

One of Kreckel's colleagues at Swift River also noted his dedication and sense of commitment to his country, community and profession.

"Dr. Kreckel has been an active member of the Rumford community for 20 years. He is dedicated to his patients, teaches family medicine residents, and served his county in the Air Force. He is a great around family physician - he still makes house calls!" said John Kroger, M.D.

Kreckel is a graduate of Shippensburg State University in Shippensburg, Pa., and received a master's degree in wildlife biology from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. He earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed residency training in family medicine at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, N.Y. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. In May he will begin the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership's Physician Executive Leadership Institute.