King’s Daughters is both congratulating and celebrating the 40th year in medicine of Dr. Aaron Adams.
Throughout his career, Dr. Adams has set high standards of care and embraced the newest technology to benefit his patients and the community. Dr. Adams has served as the Scioto County Health Commissioner since 2004 and has been instrumental in public health initiatives to reduce drug abuse and addiction, improve nutrition, promote healthy lifestyles and improve access to healthcare services.
Kerry Tague, director of physician relations at King’s Daughters in Portsmouth, said Adams is exemplary of commitment to both community and his patients.
“Dr. Adams’ commitment to his community and patients is an example for all,” Tague said.
Adams helped fund the Scioto County Health Coalition, which helps to move the health of residents of Scioto County forward through promotion, data collection and analysis. Dr. Adams is very active on social media, encouraging everyone to connect and work together for better health.
“There are actually two people that influenced my life to go into medicine,” Adams said. “My uncle, my dad’s brother was a physician at Primary Care Practice in Minford, and he started practicing a year before I was born and I grew up with him as our family physician. Another one was Clyde Everett, and he was both a physician and surgeon at hospital, which is now Hempstead Manor, where I had my office for 38 years.”
Adams received the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Master Faculty Award and in 2015, the Scioto County Medical Society’s named him their Outstanding Physician for the year.
Dr. Adams earned his medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, graduating in 1975. The following year, Dr. Adams was voted outstanding intern at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.
Adams is a New Boston native, currently resides in Wheelersburg with his wife Kathy Adams, son Aaron Adams, who is a graduate of Ohio University, and daughter Jessica Harrah, a graduate of Marshall University. Dr. Adams is an avid outdoors man, he enjoys hunting and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
“We have been very fortunate with our children and their families,” Adams said. “We have been blessed with good health and happiness, and have had a strong bond all through the years, and that has helped me deal with a lot of the things that I work with in the community, particularly, being a physician. I have always received a lot of support from my wife and children in the things that I have done, and our lives are built around the job, and the jobs that I have gotten involved in throughout the community concerning health care.”
Having an active role in the drug action team has been his most memorable experience during the course of his 40 years in medicine.
“I would say the most memorable experience for me is when we started dealing with the drug action team, and the prescription drug abuse and misuse in Scioto County,” Adams said. “After 2000, when we actually formed the drug action team, where I was able to represent the Health Commission Association on the state level on the task force to deal with the problems, from the time with Governor Strickland through John Kasich’s administration.”
Adams has had an up close look at the effects of drugs on the local area as Health Commissioner.
“Serving as Health Commissioner, and being directly involved with people overdosing, some of which have died unintentional deaths, and many still continue to suffer from addiction, and how it affected their families, economically, sociologically and how it has had such an impact upon the reputation of our community,” Adams said.
Adams said he does not plan on retiring any time soon and will continue to serve the community doing work in a field that he is passionate about.
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