Dr. Richard Davies has received the J. Scott Heatherington Lifetime Achievement Award.
Davies practiced almost exclusively at Willamette Falls Hospital in Oregon City, and served as chairman of family practice, a member of the ER department, medical staff president and a member of the board of directors. He served as the director of medical care from 2002-12, and chairman of critical care from 1994-2012.
The Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation presents the award annually to an osteopathic physician from the Northwest that has made a lifetime of contributions to the profession, as well as the community. It is presented in honor of the first physician from Oregon to become president of the American Osteopathic Association.
Davies began his practice in Canby in 1976, retiring in 2014. His practice was one of the first four in the state of Oregon to earn a medical home designation. He was involved in his community, serving Canby Fire District, first as a volunteer firefighter in 1978, then as an engineer and eventually a lieutenant. He was the medical director of ALS ambulance service and was active in the Portland area EMS Directors Forum and Protocol Development Committee.
Davies, the district's medical director, or physician adviser, for 38 years, retired in a small ceremony at the fire department in 2018.
"He moved the department forward, and I feel he led the Portland area in regard to medical transports and medical care," said CFD Chief Jim Davis. "He is well-respected by all of our paramedics and firefighters, and by his peers — other physician advisers in the area — but more importantly, it was his 38 years of service to Canby Fire that stand out in my mind."
Davies attended Oregon State University and Pacific College before moving to Illinois and graduating from medical school at what is now known as Midwestern University — formerly, the school was known as the American College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, and the Chicago College of Osteopathy, Davies said.
He returned to Portland and completed his medical internship before joining his father's private practice in Canby in 1976. Davies' father began teaching emergency medical services (EMS) to first responders in 1973, when EMS training was still in its infancy.
"The things we do in the field now weren't even done in hospitals 35 years ago," he said. "For example, the way we do CPR now wasn't taught that way years ago. Rapid defibrillation was not done in the 1970s like it is now. You would do some CPR and kind of see what happened. Now, there is a set rate by the American Heart Association that is accepted as standard procedure and a routine you go through."
Canby Fire established a fund in Davies's name — the Dr. Richard Davies First Responder Fund — where anyone can make a tax-deductible donation. The fund will be used to help families or individuals temporarily displaced by a residential fire — money they can use for lodging, clothes, food and more.
For information about donating to the Dr. Richard Davies First Responder Fund, call Canby Fire at 503-266-5851.
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