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A. Keith Sutton, M.D.
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A. Keith Sutton, M.D. Family Practice

J.C. Blair Physician Achieves Board Recertification

The trustees of the American Board of Family Practice (ABFM) recently announced that A. Keith Sutton, M.D., a member of the medical staff of J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, has been recertified in the medical specialty of family practice. Dr. Sutton is an emergency department physician at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon.

Dr. Sutton has been a member of J.C. Blair’s medical staff since May 1982 and first became board certified in his specialty in 1983. He was in private practice until November 2001 when he went to work full time as an emergency department physician at J.C. Blair. Dr. Sutton currently serves as the Vice-Chief of Staff of J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital’s medical staff and is a member of the Hospital’s Board of Directors.

“We are pleased to announce Dr. Sutton’s successful recertification in the specialty of family practice,” said J.C. Blair President and CEO Joseph J. Peluso. “This demonstration of medical competence by Dr. Sutton is in keeping with the goals of J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital to supply excellence in health care to the community.”

A native of Reading, Dr. Sutton received his bachelor of science degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and completed his medical education at Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in 1979. He then served a three-year family practice residency at the Washington Hospital in Washington, Pennsylvania. He served on the courtesy staff in the Department of Emergency Services of the Green County Memorial Hospital in Waynesboro prior to his move to Huntingdon.

To achieve recertification by the ABFM, a family physician must verify the completion of 300 hours of acceptable continuing medical education over the past six years; possess a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States; and successfully complete a one-day, written examination of cognitive knowledge and problem-solving abilities. This examination covers the disciplines of the specialty including, but not limited to: adult medicine; care of newborns, infants, children, and adolescents; maternity and gynecological care; community medicine; care of the older patient; human behavior and mental health; and care of the surgical patient.

Board certification confers a standard of excellence in knowledge and practice to physicians who not only certify via the examination process, but who also work diligently on the maintenance of these skills during the seven-year cycle between examinations.

The American Board of Family Medicine, one of twenty-four member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties, is the second largest medical specialty board in the United States. Founded in 1969, it is a voluntary, not-for-profit, private organization whose purposes include improving the quality of medical care available to the public, establishing and maintaining standards of excellence in the specialty of family medicine, improving the standards of medical education for training in family medicine, and determining by evaluation the fitness of specialists in family medicine who apply for and hold certificates.

Additional information regarding the American Board of Family Medicine may be obtained from its website at www.theabfm.org.