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Bruce A. Ellsweig M.D. receives Rural Health Practitioner of the Year Award


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Contact: Sara Wall Bollinger


Phone: 315-447-7947


Press Release

November 13, 2023                                     


Bruce A. Ellsweig M.D. receives the Dr. Gary Ogden Rural Health Practitioner of the Year Award from the New York State Association for Rural Health

The New York State Association for Rural Health (NYSARH) is pleased to announce that Dr. Bruce Ellsweig, medical director with the Sullivan County Public Health Services and family physician with Crystal Run Healthcare, a multi-specialty practice in Middletown, New York, has been selected as the winner of the 2023 Dr. Gary Ogden Rural Health Practitioner of the Year award. 

Dr. Ellsweig is being honored for his exemplary contributions to rural health, public health and community involvement in Sullivan County, NY that span the last several decades.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Ellsweig was on the frontlines serving his community by providing guidance, education and support as medical director for the local health department and as previous Chair of the Health Services Advisory Board and Professional Advisory Committee. Dr. Ellsweig contributed hundreds of hours of his own time volunteering at mass vaccination clinics and supporting emergency operations during 2021 and 2022 while continuing to care for patients in his practice.

He is driven by a great desire to improve the quality of life for rural residents, as shown by his extensive community volunteerism with several organizations. He is a kind and compassionate physician with strong ethical and quality standards. He always goes above and beyond in the care for his patients and community.

The free virtual Rural Health Awards celebration will be Thursday November 16th at 10AM.  

Please register here:  Rural Health Awards


About Us:

The New York State Association for Rural Health (NYSARH) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization working to preserve and improve the health of the residents of rural New York State. 

The Mission of the NYS Association for Rural Health is to improve the health and well-being of rural New Yorkers and their communities.

NYSARH membership includes representatives of all facets of the rural health care industry, as well as individuals and students.  On many different levels, NYSARH serves individuals, consumers, non-profit organizations, government agencies and officials, health care facilities, emergency medical service providers, long-term care organizations, businesses, universities, foundations, associations, and other stakeholders in rural health.