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Botsford Honors Four Physicians for Teaching Excellence

Farmington Hills, MI (August 6, 2008)--- Botsford Hospital recently celebrated the graduation of its 58th class of interns and residents. Over the years, Botsford has trained more than 2,500 interns, residents and fellows. The hospital's values demonstrate the commitment to life-long learning that advances health.

Each year, interns and residents honor the more than 300 dedicated teaching faculty members who are dedicated to teaching them to grow and succeed in their chosen field. This year, Savitha Balaraman, M.D., Internal Medicine; Mark Cynar, D.O., Emergency Medicine; and Jonathan Hoffberger, D.O., Thoracic Surgery, were selected as Botsford's Trainers of the Year.

Also honored this year, for the second year in a row, was Benjamin Rossi, D.O., Internal Medicine. Dr. Rossi received the Robert F. Schirmer Educator and Mentor of the Year Award for his outstanding leadership in teaching. This award was created as a tribute and memorial to Dr. Schirmer, who trained many residents and interns over the years. The nominations were submitted by interns, residents, medical students and attendings.

Botsford Hospital, an independent 330-bed community teaching hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2006 Governor’s Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting, and, in 2007, a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Botsford’s Web address is

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