Last Updated: Aug 21, 2019
FOR RELEASE Aug. 21, 2019
Ajay Saini, MD, a physician “hospitalist” at Geisinger Holy Spirit in Camp Hill, Pa., has been named August’s Everyday Hero by the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED).
PAMED’s Everyday Hero Award is designed to showcase talented physicians who probably don’t view themselves as heroes, but to patients and colleagues they are. Dr. Saini is the first Cumberland County physician to win this monthly member award.
As a child growing up in India, Dr. Saini said he was inspired to pursue a medical career when he saw the positive effect that doctors had on his life and his parent’s lives. He attended medical school in India at the Government Medical College Patiala and completed his internal medicine residency training at Mount Sinai in New York.
While at James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, he worked with a diverse patient population. He gained experience treating an elderly population with serious medical conditions as well as an uninsured patient population with limited access to health care.
Dr. Saini did not initially set out to become a hospitalist. Over the course of his residency, though, he came to realize that the specialty was the best fit for him.
He likens a hospitalist’s role to that of the “captain of the ship.” Dr. Saini is involved in many aspects of treatment and said he learns something new every day. He works with a wide variety of specialists, and that helps him gain insight on new ways to improve care.
Dr. Saini has been with Geisinger Holy Spirit since 2009. He is currently associate medical director of the adult hospitalist program. Throughout his tenure, he has been focused on efforts to improve patient outcomes and experiences.
“He is seen as a mentor and role model for the physician community,” said Dr. Kawish Garg, who nominated Dr. Saini for the award. “Dr. Saini is often sought out for advice within the hospital.”
You can learn more about his story at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, when PAMED will present Dr. Saini with the Everyday Hero Award. A brief ceremony will be held at 503 N. 21st Street, Camp Hill.
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