Dr. Juris Macs receives surgeons’ lifetime achievement award

Dr Juris Macs Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Juris Macs, a surgeon on Grays Harbor for more than 40 years and one of those most responsible for developing professional emergency services training through local fire departments, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

The award is meant to recognize “someone who has devoted their careers to their patients, communities, and profession and by doing so, set an example for all of us to follow,” said ACS Chapter President, Dr. Morrie Johnson.

Macs, originally from Latvia, moved with his family to a berry farm near Auburn and graduated from the University of Washington Medical School in 1962. He worked for the United States Public Health Service as a surgeon in Chicago and then settled in as a general surgeon at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in 1969.

He has been a major influence in the growth of emergency services on Grays Harbor, providing upgrades to the trauma system and training hundreds of emergency medical technicians and firefighters. He has served on the Governors’ EMS Steering Committee and lobbied for federal grants for emergency services in the state. Some of his colleagues consider him the founding father of trauma care on Grays Harbor.

In 2005, the Emergency Department at Grays Harbor Community Hospital was renamed in honor of Macs. “Of all of his attributes, the one that stands out to my colleagues is his availability,” said Dr. John Bausher, “… he will come into the office and even escort the patient to the hospital for continued care. It is for these reasons and many others that our emergency room carries his name.”