WAXAHACHIE – Do you know a great country doctor? The kind of physician who still makes house calls and accepts the occasional apple pie or roast turkey for a fee?

If so, he or she may qualify as the Country Doctor of the Year. Presented by Staff Care, Inc., a national healthcare staffing firm, the Country Doctor of the Year Award honors the spirit, skill and dedication of America’s rural medical practitioners.

Now in its 25th year, the Country Doctor of the Year Award has been presented to renowned rural physicians nationwide who have been profiled by USA Today, People, Parade, CNN, The Today Show and many other media outlets.

As part of the award, Staff Care will provide the Country Doctor of the Year with a temporary physician for two weeks at no charge, a service valued at $10,000. According to Staff Care President Jeff Decker, rural doctors often cannot find doctors to cover their practices and so have difficulty taking vacations.

“We hope the award winner enjoys some well-deserved rest” noted Decker. “But our real intent is to honor an outstanding country doctor and to shine a light on the great work that rural physicians Nominations for the Country Doctor of the Year Award will be accepted for physicians who practice in rural communities and who are engaged in such primary care areas as general practice, family practice, internal medicine, and pediatrics. Anyone can nominate a physician, including friends, patients, co-workers or family members, and all stories or anecdotes about the doctor are welcomed.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Country Doctor of the Year Award website, or you may call Staff Care for a nomination form at (800) 685-2272. Completed nominations must be received no later than October 31, 2017.