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Unity Medical Staff Announces Recipient of 2009 Physician Recognition Award

Unity Health System has announced that Gregory D. Lewish, M.D., chief, division of Orthopaedics, Department of Surgery at Unity Hospital, is the recipient of the 2009 Physician Recognition Award.

Given by Unity Hospital Medical Staff, the annual award honors a physician who demonstrates commitment to the goals and values of Unity Health System, active participation in the community and the hospital through service, and excellence in patient care. Dr. Lewish, who was nominated by his colleagues at Unity, was chosen by a selection committee made up of administrators, clinical leaders, employee representatives, and medical staff.

“Dr. Lewish is a caring physician who exemplifies the qualities we want our physicians on the medical staff to have,” said Joseph Salipante, M.D., vice president of Medical Affairs at Unity Hospital. “He is committed to patient care, responding to his patients with compassion and sensitivity. He has performed a great deal of service to the Hospital, volunteering his time to a number of committees involved in patient care. Dr. Lewish is an exceptional orthopaedist. Both his patients and his colleagues think very highly of him, and enjoy working with him.”

Dr. Lewish started working at St. Mary’s Hospital in 1983. He joined Unity Hospital’s staff in 1984. He has held several leadership positions, including chair of the Utilization Management Committee, and chair of the Credentials Committee. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Lewish will be honored at Unity’s Medical Staff Spring Dinner on June 12.


Unity Health System provides a complete network of health care services from the Unity Park Ridge Hospital Campus in the town of Greece, the Unity St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, and at numerous other sites throughout Rochester and western Monroe County. Services include inpatient and outpatient hospital care and surgery, a family birth place, women’s health services, chemical dependency and mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, adult day health and home health programs for older adults, retirement communities, child care, and laboratory services, among many others.