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Whitesburg physician honored




DR. ABUBAKAR TIDAL

DR. ABUBAKAR TIDAL

The Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities recently honored Whitesburg physician Dr. Abubakar Tidal in its spring 2008 issue, which featured medical services staff who have made a significant contribution to longterm care facilities. This recognition was presented to state and federal legislators, state agencies and offices, Chambers of Commerce, and universities throughout Kentucky.

An excerpt from the issue reads:

“When Dr. Tidal arrived in eastern Kentucky in 1977, he had to know not many accolades would be laid by his feet in this rural area of the country. Nevertheless, Dr. Tidal was excited about his mission of bringing quality health care to the area. Along with his excellent credentials, he has contributed immeasurable leadership to this community, as well as helping to procure needed equipment and staffing for the hospital.

“He was instrumental in procuring the certificate of need for Letcher Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation (1989), and since that time, as the medical director, he has faithfully served these patients. He has accompanied patients on helicopters and ambulances, checked on his patients while on vacation, and even when a patient himself in the hospital, he sneaked past the nurses and made rounds. He has expressed as long as he is able, he is going to take care of his patients.

“Dr. Tidal, we thank you for your tireless service. You are an inspiration to all. Your kindness and compassion have endeared you to so many. You are an unsung hero, who has made a difference in so many lives.”

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