KEYSER, W.Va. — The West Virginia University School of Medicine Alumni Association has named a local physician as its 2013 Most Loyal West Virginia Physician.
Dr. Wayne Spiggle has practiced medicine in the area for more than 40 years and is a 1959 graduate of WVU’s two-year School of Medicine.
“Judging from the three previous recipients of this award, all icons in West Virginia medicine, the WVU School of Medicine Alumni Association considers this to be a major honor, and so it is,” said Spiggle. “I’m very humbled to be recognized in this way.”
The award recognizes outstanding contributions by a West Virginia physician in health care delivery, community service and dedication to the WVU School of Medicine, according to a news release.
Past Most Loyal West Virginia Physician awardees include Dr. Joe Reed, who grew up in Burlington and has served Buckhannon for an entire generation, according to Spiggle. Other past recipients of the award include the late Dr. David Z. Morgan and Dr. Martha Mullett, a WVU pediatrician known to be always ready to go the extra mile for patients and for the good of medicine, said Spiggle.
After graduating from WVU, Spiggle earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. He practiced medicine full time for more than 40 years, including serving on the staff at Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland as a department chair, medical staff president and current honorary member. He co-founded the Cumberland-based Braddock Medical Group, a practice that serves patients from the tri-state area regardless of their ability to pay.
Spiggle is founding chair of Allegany Health Right, which provides comprehensive care to the poor and uninsured, and he was instrumental in creating a central-fill pharmacy model to assist uninsured patients. Those efforts led to the creation of WVRx, an innovative public-private partnership that works with pharmaceutical companies to dispense donated medicines to West Virginians who are without prescription drug insurance.
Spiggle, who was elected to the Mineral County Commission in 2004, is an advocate of economic development opportunities and quality-of-life issues. He serves on several community boards and organizations, including Family Crisis Center, Keyser Rotary (Paul Harris fellow), Community Trust Foundation, United Way of Mineral County, First Legacy Program and the West Virginia Pharmaceutical Cost Management Council, according to a news release.
Spiggle has also been the recipient of numerous community awards. In 2007, he was the first recipient of The Greater Cumberland Committee’s Greater Good Award and, in 2008, he received the United Way of Mineral County’s individual Community Caring Award. The West Virginia Medical Foundation presented him with its 2010 Excellence in Medicine Award for his leadership in public health, according to the news release.
Dr. Konrad C. Nau, dean of the Eastern Campus of the WVU School of Medicine, will present the award to Spiggle during the Mineral County Business Recognition and Community awards dinner on Friday. Other awards to be presented for 2013 are Large Business of the Year, Lakewood Enterprises; Small Business of the Year, Castiglia's Italian Restaurant; Outstanding Business Student of the Year, Timothy Shaffer; Youth Volunteer of the Year 2013, Wes Ours; Outstanding Service Award of the Year, Larry Virts; and Community Support Award of the Year, Scott Corbin.
An award will also be presented to a community leader in honor and remembrance of Harry Alt, whose extensive contributions to education, public safety and community and civic participation are a model of outstanding volunteer service. The recipient of the Alt award will be announced during dinner Friday.
The dinner will be held at the Davis Conference Center on the Potomac State College campus at 7 p.m. and a social will be held at 6 p.m.
Spiggle and his wife Betty, who reside in the Keyser area, have six children and eight grandchildren.