Dr. Van Gorp Receives the Caduceus Award
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Family Medicine Physician Paul Van Gorp, M.D., was selected as this year’s recipient of the Caduceus Award, which recognizes the outstanding work of Central Minnesota physicians who exhibit exceptional humanitarian medical efforts locally or around the world.
Dr. Van Gorp is employed at CentraCare Clinic – Long Prairie and is the 15th recipient to be honored by his peers with this prestigious award. The Caduceus award will be presented to Dr. Van Gorp at the Caduceus Social on May 7.
The Caduceus Society is a philanthropic guild of CentraCare Health Foundation. Established in 2000, the society is open to all members of medical staffs at Central Minnesota hospitals or surgical centers who make a commitment of $10,000 or more to support the mission of improving health and health care in Central Minnesota. The Caduceus Society has 133 members.
“Dr. Van Gorp brings passion, wisdom and humanity to his work as a clinician, teacher and health advocate, and he imparts these qualities to his colleagues, community and students he teaches,” said CentraCare Health – Long Prairie Administrator Dan Swenson. “Dr. Van Gorp is an influential, well-respected leader the Long Prairie community. He is extremely committed to the well-being of the Long Prairie community and to each and every one of his patients.”
As a physician in Long Prairie for 38 years, Dr. Van Gorp was instrumental in developing the Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) Program beginning in 1993. The CALS course is designed to help care providers in rural and remote sites, with limited specialty and technological support, improve quality of care when life-threatening medical emergencies occur. Training was developed for whole teams to be confident and competent to deal with trauma situations that may not be encountered often. CentraCare Health – Long Prairie became the first accredited CALS Hospital.
Dr. Van Gorp continues to be very involved and passionate about CALS. He spends many hours each week continuing to develop this program for rural communities and for communities around the world. CALS Program is proud to have a contract with U.S. Department of State to provide emergency training to the U.S. embassy medical personnel around the globe. Currently the chair of the CALS Board of Directors, Dr. Van Gorp is a certified CALS instructor and travels throughout Minnesota and Canada to teach CALS.
Dr. Van Gorp has served as a preceptor for medical students, family medicine residency and advanced practice providers since 1976. He has positively impacted and influenced over 150 of today’s practicing providers. Although teaching students is an added time commitment, Dr. Van Gorp finds this teaching role fulfilling in many ways.
“It’s just wonderful to watch these young people become compassionate, competent and confident family physicians,” Dr. Van Gorp said.
In his pursuit of continuous improvement and excellent care for his patients, Dr. Van Gorp is currently working on implementing a new care model project, Team Based Care, at CentraCare Health – Long Prairie. His goals with this program are to improve the quality of care delivered while increasing access for patients and improved overall clinic efficiency.
“Paul has been my partner for over 20 years,” Family Medicine Physician Rene Eldidy, MD, CentraCare Clinic – Long Prairie. “To see his passion and dedication for his patients, the education of students and the community continue to be as strong as when I first met him, is inspiring for those of us who are lucky enough to work with him. He instills this desire to give of yourself no matter how busy you are.”
Dr. Van Gorp volunteers one Saturday each month at Project H.E.A.L (Health, Education, Access, Link), offering free health screenings and basic care for those with little or no insurance. About 90 percent of his patients at Project H.E.A.L are from the large Amish community that lives in the area. The Amish community can be hesitant to use modern-day health care, but Dr. Van Gorp has, over many years of delicate conversations and actions, earned the trust of the Amish community. The Amish contact Dr. Van Gorp whenever they need assistance, many times after hours.
In 2013, Dr. Van Gorp received the Exemplary Teaching Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians. From the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, he received Family Physician of the Year in 2003; Merit Award in 2004; and Teacher of the Year in 2012.