Local doctor recognized for volunteer work in community

Dr. James Lee, Coon Rapids resident and family medicine physician at RiverWay Clinics – Anoka, has received HealthPartners Wilbur Thomas Community Service Award for going above and beyond to volunteer his time in the community.

Lee has been a physician at the Anoka Clinic for 31 years.

When he’s not seeing patients there, he serves as a volunteer physician at the Uptown Community Clinic. One day each month for the past 25 years, he has provided free or low-cost care to families in need. He also volunteers one evening a month at St. Stephen’s Homeless Shelter in Minneapolis.

Lee owns and operates a charitable vineyard called Lost Creek Hippies Vineyard in Pepin, Wis. The vineyard donates its profits entirely to charity and is able to do so through the work of Lee, its board members and Lee’s family and friends.

The recipients of Lost Creek Hippies Vineyard’s profits are Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota, Neighborhood Involvement Program, which runs the Uptown Community Clinic, and the Central Asia Institute.

“The Wilbur Thomas Community Service Award is our way of honoring and thanking Dr. Lee for his commitment to giving back, both locally and globally,” HealthPartners President and Chief Executive Officer Mary Brainerd said.

HealthPartners awarded two Wilbur Thomas Community Service awards across the organization’s 22,000 employees. Award recipients were honored at HealthPartners Presidents and Wilbur Thomas Community Service Awards celebration Nov. 26.

Founded in 1957, HealthPartners is the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation. Since its combination with Park Nicollet in 2013, its care system includes more than 1,700 physicians; five hospitals; 52 primary care clinics; 22 urgent care locations and numerous specialty practices in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

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