CRMC honors Crosier with Roberson Award
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Dr. Jeff Crosier, front, center, was recently awarded the 24th annual Fred H. Roberson Award. Honoring him during that presentation were, from left, Bill Roberson; Drue Huffines, Cookeville Regional Medical Center board of trustees chairman; Steve Qualls, CRMC board member; Paul Korth, CRMC chief financial officer; Will Roberson; and CRMC chief executive officer Dr. Menachem Langer.
COOKEVILLE – Jeff Crosier, M.D., was presented with the 24th annual Fred H. Roberson Award on Tuesday, May 8, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center’s annual service awards banquet. CRMC CEO Dr. Menachem Langer made the presentation, citing Crosier’s commitment and loyalty to the hospital, the betterment of health care in the community and his many years of providing medical services in the Upper Cumberland.
Having been nominated twice for the Roberson Award, Crosier has been a pillar in the medical field for more than 36 years. He has seen thousands of patients, and as cited in the nomination letter, “continually demonstrates his kind and compassionate ways, so that all have grown to love him during his many years of service.” He has been known to make house calls for patients too ill to come to the office as well as patients in terminal situations.
Crosier has had a vision for the growth of medical services in this community that many people may not have realized. He initiated cardiac rehabilitation here long before the hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center was established, as well as administered chemotherapy treatments before the Cancer Center opened. He encouraged the development of specialized services and recruitment of specialists to the area, especially in the field of cardiology and oncology.
Crosier was instrumental in supporting the Crisis Pregnancy Center with supplies and services and in caring for many terminally ill patients through hospice care. He was involved in founding Quality Medical Center during a time when primary care physicians were at a minimum. He has worked to meet the needs of uninsured patients by working with the Putnam County Health Department, and he has participated in overseas missionary trips.
Crosier came to Cookeville in 1976 and joined the Internal Medicine Group. In 1972, he received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine. He completed his residency at the City of Memphis Hospital as well as a fellowship in gastroenterology there. He is board certified in internal medicine. He and his wife Becky have three children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The Roberson Award is named for Fred Roberson, who served on the hospital’s board of trustees for 27 years. The award is presented annually to the individual who best exemplifies the same dedicated and loyal service to CRMC and its patients as was demonstrated by Roberson. Previous recipients include Dr. Thurman Shipley, H.S. Barnes, Dr. J.T. Moore Jr., Dr. Claude Williams, Eleen Harkins, Jean Davis, Dr. William Francis, Sen. Tommy Burks, Dr. William Taylor, the Rev. Lexie Freeman, Dr. Alex Case, Dr. Katherine Bertram, the CRMC Auxiliary, Linda Crawford, Dr. Walter Derryberry, Dr. J.T. DeBerry, Dr. Charles Womack, Dr. Opless Walker, Dr. Charles Jordan, Linda Buchanan, Dr. David Henson and Dr. Sullivan Smith.