Friday, March 21, 2014

Retired Paoli Memorial Hospital Physician Presented 2014 Community Quarterback Award

West Chester, PA
– Dr. Peter Hillyer, a local physician who practiced medicine for 53 years before his retirement, has been awarded a 2014 Philadelphia Eagles Community Quarterback Award.  Dr. Hillyer was chosen from many applicants for the exemplary leadership, dedication, and commitment he has demonstrated during his 16 years of service with Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM).  The Eagles Community Quarterback Award, presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals, was given to Dr. Hillyer on March 19, 2014 at the Eagles headquarters and practice facility, the NovaCare Complex, in honor of his outstanding volunteerism.

Since retiring in 1999, Dr. Hillyer has served as a volunteer physician, teacher, recruiter, advocate and Board member at CVIM.  Every Wednesday morning for the last 16 years, he has treated patients, reviewed charts, consulted with fellow volunteer healthcare professionals, and actively participated in the planning and implementation of CVIM’s medical programs.

With CVIM managing 10,677 medical visits a year, Dr. Hillyer’s calm, thoughtful, and persistent approach to holistic healthcare has impacted the lives of thousands of low-income individuals and families in Chester County.  In an age where the average medical visit lasts less than 8 minutes, Dr. Hillyer practices medicine of “the old days”, often spending an hour at a time with patients to ensure they receive the care they need.  His three-term tenure on the CVIM Board of Directors saw him heavily involved in volunteer credentialing and professional education planning, guaranteeing a high standard of care for all those in need in Chester County.

The Philadelphia Eagles Community Quarterback Award recognizes outstanding volunteers in the Eagles market and the charitable organizations that they serve. This program honors individuals who exemplify leadership, dedication, and a commitment to improving the communities in which they live through volunteerism.

Community Volunteers in Medicine is a community-based, volunteer nonprofit organization providing primary medical and dental care to low income, working people in Chester County without insurance, enabling them to continue to be contributing members of the community.