Carr to receive Butler Award; Henry Winkler to speak

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 3, 2014 

Local physician J. Bruce Carr will receive the Clarence C. Butler Service and Leadership Award at a black tie gala Tuesday evening.

Film and television star Henry Winkler will be the speaker at the dinner in the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.

This is the 10th time the honor which is the highest awarded by the St. Francis Foundation has been given.

Past honored doctors are Luther H. Wolff Jr., George E. Lipscomb, Cecil F. Whitaker, W. David Varner Jr., B. Russell Simmons, Floyd C. Jarrell, Harold G. Jarrell, Philip L. Brewer, William H. Hayes and Harry H. Brill.

The two Jarrells were honored together in 2008.

The award was established in 2004 to honor highly respected physicians, whose qualities of leadership, vision and inspiration, as exemplified by Butler, have left an enduring mark on this community’s health.

St. Francis President and CEO Robert Granger said Monday that St. Francis is honored to present the award to Carr.

“I had the pleasure of working with him for many years,” said Granger. “His compassion and ability to establish trust with families making tough decisions was second to none. His perspective made St. Francis a better hospital.”

A news release from St. Francis says that as the city’s first nephrologist, Carr established the area’s first outpatient dialysis clinic.

From 2003-2013, he served as an intensivist and as critical care chief at St. Francis. He served on the St. Francis Ethics Committee.

Carr was also the physician champion for St. Francis’ STOP Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI) improvement project, the results of which were published in the April/May 2011 issue of “Critical Connections.”

Additionally, Carr developed two joint algorithms, dubbed “the sugar machine,” for optimizing glycemic control and reducing patients’ risk of hypoglycemia.

Carr, 71, is a native of Anderson, Indiana, He is a graduate of Indiana University and the Indiana University School of Medicine. He also has a master’s degree in business from the University of South Florida.

He served in the U.S. Navy.

Winkler is best known for his role as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli in the hit 1970s television show “Happy Days.”

He has had a regular role in other television series including “Out of Practice,” “Royal Pains,” and “Arrested Development.”

He has appeared in numerous films including “The Waterboy,” “Little Nicky,” “Heroes,” and “Here Comes the Boom.”

He produced several television series including “MacGyver,” and directed movies “Memories of Me” with Billy Crystal and “Cop and a Half” with Burt Reynolds.

Winkler has collaborated with Lin Oliver on a series of children’s books.

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