Dr. Anne Manchester receives honor

November 29, 2016

Anne Manchester, board certified internist on staff at Colorado Plains Medical Center, was awarded the Alumni of the Plains honor through Progressive 15 (Pro 15) at its recent fall conference.

The award was established ten years ago to recognize individuals from the 15 counties in Northeast Colorado who graduated from a high school in its geographic area and who have subsequently excelled in their profession and contributed to the well-being of the community in which they now reside.

"Patients cite her bedside manner and treating everyone with respect and dignity," remarks Fort Morgan resident and former Fort Morgan Times editor, John Laporte.

Laporte nominated Manchester for the prestigious honor.

In fact, when Barry Gore, President, and Cathy Shull, Executive Director, for Pro 15 recognized Manchester and presented her with a framed commemorative photo depicting the region, they recounted how 12-year-old Anne Svobada told her mother that she wanted to be a doctor in a small town because she could make medicine more "personal" in a small town.

Therefore, it is not surprising that the Caliche High School graduate returned to the area several years later after receiving her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Health Science Center in Denver and completing her residency in internal medicine at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver.  She joined the staff at Colorado Plains Medical Center where she continues to excel in the field of medicine for the past six years.  Manchester not only sees patients at her practice, Colorado Plains Medical Group, on an outpatient basis, but is one of the designated hospitalists who cares for patients who are hospitalized.

As a medical staff leader, she serves as co-chair of the critical care and trauma committee, a member of the pharmacy and therapeutic committee, and physician advisory for the utilization review committee.

Manchester is married to Dr. Tom Manchester, a general surgeon who is also on staff at Colorado Plains Medical Center.  In their leisure time, the two local physicians and their two young sons enjoy camping, skiing, scuba diving, and traveling.

In additon to Manchester, Dave Gwyn, a former Kit Carson County Commissioner, was lauded by Pro 15.  During his two-term service, he was instrumental in implementing a strategic plan that aided the county with maximizing its budget and building important reserves.  Gwyn graduated from Stratton High School in Stratton, Colorado.

Manchester and Gwyn are now part of the elite Alumni of the Plains recipients that include:  Steve Antonopulus, Tim White, Baza Kanani, Major General Betty Lee Terry Mullis, Dorothy Horrell, John Lounge, Dr. Jack Westfall, Liz Hickman, Dr. Stacy Brethauer, Don Marostica, Rol Hudler, Sheila Stewart, Joan Gartin, Carol Boden, Perry Buck, Bob Churchwell, David Foy, Kari Linker, Richard O'Connell, Mike Sullivan, Carl "Bev" Bledsoe, and Joel Dreessen.