Silver Star Families of America and Military Hold Official Award Ceremony for Top Doc

Silver Star Families of America and Military in an official ceremony presented the Top Doc award to Primary Practitioner Elaine Yildiz at North Chicago VA Medical Center in North Chicago, Illinois.

Elaine Yildiz PAC at NCVAMC and Sunshine Roth President of Silver Star Families


PR Log (Press Release) – Mar 21, 2010 – After months of nominations and voting by veterans and active duty personel and and their families, in a formal ceremony at North Chicago VA Medical Center (NCVAMC), in North Chicago, Illinois, Elaine Yildiz was awarded the Top Doc award for Primary Practitioner by Sunshine Roth the National President of The Silver Star Families of America.

Those present at the ceremony included Dr. Frank Maldonado, Associate Chief Of Staff for clinical affairs at NCVAMC, Dr. Chowdary Jampala Head Physician of the Mental Health Services at NCVAMC, a large and innovative mental health facility, Pamela Devore direct supervisor to Elaine Yildiz at NCVAMC, Kenneth List, Chief of Community Affairs and Recreational Therapy at NCVAMC, Jonathan Friedman, Public Affairs Officer at NCVAMC, and many other co-workers and Silver Star Family members.

In her presentation speech, Roth cited the background and criteria for this prestigious award, “We wanted to recognize the best of the best who deliver military healthcare and veteran healthcare for the “Above & Beyond Primary Physician and Primary Practitioner Awards”. The most important measure of how well a job a doctor or primary practitioner is doing is through the patient’s feedback. The nomination and selection process for this program was totally based on what patients say.”

Elaine Yildiz PAC at NCVAMC was humble yet joyful in accepting this award, and stated that I only do what I am expected to do. I take care of my patients as individuals and veterans who deserve the best treatment that can be afforded them. Yildiz could not wait to get home to show her husband and family the beautiful award that she had been presented.

The ceremony ended with a special cake from The Silver Star Families of America and productive casual discussion on VA Healthcare.


The mission of the Silver Star Families of America is to remember, honor and assist the wounded, ill, injured and dying of our Armed Forces from all wars.