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Monument Health honors physicians in annual awards ceremony

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 9, 2024) – Monument Health recognized 6 physicians and providers at the third annual Physicians and Providers Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 4. The event was created to celebrate and honor the hard work and dedication providers have shown their patients and the communities they serve.

Six award categories were created to highlight the different areas of the medical profession. The awards included; the Early Career Provider and Early Career Physician of the Year Award, the Distinguished Clinician Award; the Distinguished Researcher Award; the Distinguished Educator Award and the Legacy Award.

“These awards celebrate the dedication, hard work and outstanding contributions of our health care professionals, who not only elevate our health care system but also have a profound impact on the lives of our patients and the communities we serve,” said Brad Archer, M.D., Monument Health Chief Medical Officer. “We are incredibly proud of our award recipients and all those who were nominated,”

The awards were open to Monument Health physicians and providers.

The 2024 winners are:

  • Timothy Simonich, PA-C, the Early Career Provider of the Year Award
  • Rorak Hooten, M.D., Early Career Physician of the Year Award
  • Stephen Tamang, M.D., the Distinguished Clinician Award
  • Jennifer Hasvold*, M.D., the Distinguished Educator Award
  • Matthew Gross*, CNP, the Distinguished Researcher Award
  • Drew Purdy, M.D., FACC, the Legacy Award
*Recipient not pictured below as they were unable to attend the event.


About Monument Health
Headquartered in Rapid City, S.D., Monument Health is a community-based health care system with a mission to make a difference, every day. The system offers care in 31 medical specialties and serves 14 communities across western South Dakota and in eastern Wyoming. With over 5,000 physicians and caregivers, Monument Health is composed of 5 hospitals and 38 medical clinics and specialty centers. Monument Health is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

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