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Radiologist and Hospital President Earn Top Honors

Salem, Mass. (November 4, 2015) – North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) honored Christian Semine, M.D., NSMC chair of radiology, with the Physician of Excellence Award and Robert Norton, president of NSMC, with the Dr. E. Augustus Holyoke Memorial Award, during a ceremony held at the Salem Country Club in Peabody on October 23.

NSMC Physician of Excellence Award

Dr. Semine was honored with the Physician of Excellence Award in recognition of his leadership, expertise and commitment to bringing a higher level of care to patients. Dr. Semine was also recognized for his role in developing NSMC’s breakthrough program in low-dose CT lung cancer screening and management. His forward-thinking approach has led to the early detection and treatment of lung cancer and served as a model for enhanced care.

“This is a tremendous honor for Dr. Semine,” said Alain Chaoui, M.D., NSMC medical staff president. “He defines what we mean when we talk about medical excellence. The fact that Dr. Semine goes to the extra mile for his patients and colleagues says a lot about his commitment to NSMC’s healing mission.”

The Physician of Excellence Award is considered the highest honor among NSMC’s medical staff and recognizes physicians who have made outstanding contributions to NSMC, the medical profession and the community.

“When I look at the list of prior recipients I am awed,” said Dr. Semine. “I feel honored to be viewed by my colleagues as being worthy of being placed in their company.”

Dr. Semine received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, completed his internship at Boston University’s Carney Hospital and a residency in diagnostic radiology at Tufts New England Medical Center. He currently sits as chair of radiology at NSMC and practices as part of the Commonwealth Radiology Associates.

Dr. E. Augustus Holyoke Memorial Award

Norton was honored with the Dr. E. Augustus Holyoke Memorial Award in recognition of his balanced approach to leadership in a complex and evolving healthcare marketplace and his commitment to providing the best care possible to residents of the North Shore. Norton was recognized for his continuing efforts to increase access, improve quality, and make better use of resources, including consolidation of NSMC’s two hospitals into a single campus.

“I feel extremely honored to receive this award,” said Norton. “These are challenging times requiring teamwork on every front. Being selected by our Medical Staff is recognition of the great teamwork at NSMC.”

As president of NSMC, Norton is responsible for the strategic leadership, operational oversight and network development of the second largest community hospital system in Massachusetts.

Dr. Holyoke, for whom the Holyoke Award is named, was an eminent 18th century Salem physician, whose professional life spanned generations, having a tremendous impact on the health and well being of his community. Each year, the recipient of this award is nominated by his/her peers.

Norton graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and received his master’s degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota.

North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) is a multi-site health system headquartered in Salem, Mass., which includes NSMC Salem Hospital, NSMC Union Hospital in Lynn, MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center, NSMC Heart Center, and the physician network known as North Shore Physicians Group. NSMC and Massachusetts General Hospital together provide care at the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care and the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers. NSMC is a member of Partners HealthCare, which was founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. #northshoremed


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