December 10, 2014 Edition

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Lancaster honored
as LMHF advocate

Lawrence Memorial Health Foundation has named Dr. Ted Lancaster (right) as the LMHF Special Advocate for his years of service to Lawrence Health Services. Foundation board member Lila Floyd made the presentation.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

Dr. Ted Lancaster was honored Friday night with the Lawrence Memorial Health Foundation Special Advocate award. Foundation board member Lila Floyd presented the award during the foundation's Christmas Gala held at The Studio, which recently opened downtown.

The LMHS Special Advocate award was given in appreciation of Lancaster's years of service to the hospital, nursing center and other entities.

Dr. Lancaster took the opportunity to thank the community and Lawrence Health Services staff for their support and dedication to the hospital.

"Thank God this community has always supported this hospital," said Lancaster, who also thanked those at the gala for supporting the hospital.

He praised the staff of Lawrence Health Services for their dedication. "These people have long been dedicated to this institution. … This is an employee-staff honor – a lot of people deserve this credit, not just me."

"We've always been top quality," he said, noting that the hospital has won numerous awards for quality, most notably being the number one Critical Access Hospital in Arkansas for quality.

"These people have devoted themselves to being the best… What services we do provide, no one does it better."

In presenting the award, Lila Floyd shared highlights of Dr. Lancaster's life and career.

After graduating from high school in 1959 in Qulin, Mo., Teddy Spencer Lancaster enrolled in a Registered Laboratory Technologists program in St. Louis. This sparked his interest in medicine, and he then earned a degree in biology, with a minor in chemistry, from what was then Little Rock University.

He completed medical school in 1970 and served an internship at Baptist Hospital. He then spent two years in the military at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, where he served as a flight surgeon and earned the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force.

In 1973, he made the decision to join Dr. Joe Hughes and Dr. Seb Spades as a partner in family practice at the Lawrence County Family Clinic in Walnut Ridge and thus began his association with Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Once in Lawrence County, Lancaster would devote his time to developing his practice, as well as hospital rotations on weekdays and call rotations in the emergency room on weekends. Through the years, he has served in many capacities for LHS.

After almost 40 years of service, Dr. Lancaster retired from his office practice in 2012 to spend more time with his wife, Deanne, and family and to pursue other interests. He continues to stay involved as medical director of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center and Imboden Medical Clinic.

Over the years, Ted and Deanne have been very visible in the community. They are active members of First United Methodist Church and supported local, area and state athletic teams. Horse showing, fishing and attending their grandchildren's activities also fill their time.

"Medicine is a common thread that runs through the lives of their four children," Floyd said. Daughter, Dr. Dana Allen, is a physician in Hertfordshire, England. Son, Alan, lives in Sherwood and works as a "da Vinci" tech at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.

Their daughter, Dr. Shawn Peyton, followed her father into family practice at the Lawrence County Family clinic, and youngest daughter, Mindy Lancaster, lives in Jonesboro and works for Abbott Pharmaceuticals.

Seven grandchildren round out the family, and one grandchild is a third-year medical student at UAMS and another is a senior at ASU with plans to enter dental school.

"Dr. Lancaster has certainly made an impact on, not only this community, but his family," she added.

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