Published on January 27, 2017

Raymond J. Hubbard, MD, Receives 2017 Russell S. Bickel Jr. Award for His Work with Special Needs Children

Reading Health System has awarded the 2017 Russell S. Bickel, Jr. Award for Excellence in Communication and Caring to Patients and their Families to Raymond J. Hubbard, MD, of Reading Pediatrics.

The award was established by members of the Russell S. Bickel Jr. family to recognize a member of the healthcare community who has developed a deep commitment to patients and their family members and has effectively communicated with them and other care providers in support of patients' needs.

Dr. Hubbard has been a tireless advocate for children with special needs. At Reading Pediatrics, he helped create a family advisory board with parents of special needs children who provide peer support or simply answer questions that other special-needs parents may have. The practice also has created a Facebook page for special needs patients and their families. The page provides information on support groups, workshops and activities for children with special needs.

In the 25-plus years he has served the children of Berks County, he has worked in an advisory role for many county and state organizations, including PA Medical Home and Project Search. He serves on the advisory board of MH/DD Berks County, working to improve access to care for children with special needs, especially mental health needs.

Dr. Hubbard graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine, Medical School, and completed his pediatric residency at Strong Memorial Hospital University of Rochester, New York, where he served as chief of ambulatory pediatrics. He spent one year as cardiology fellow at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

David George, MD, Chief Academic Officer/Vice President, Academic Affairs, Reading Health System, presented the Russell S. Bickel, Jr. Memorial Award to Dr. Hubbard at Reading Health System's Quality and Safety Symposium on January 21, 2017, at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Reading.