Lake City, FL – Lake City Medical Center is recognizing a distinguished group of retired physicians who have contributed more than 20 years of service to the hospital and the community. All of the physicians served on committees at the hospital during their careers. The physicians will be honored at a dinner at the hospital Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 6pm.
“We felt it was very important to recognize these physicians for not only their work in the medical field, but also for their contributions to Lake City and the surrounding communities,” said Mark Robinson, CEO of Lake City Medical Center. “They played key roles in improving healthcare for North Central Florida.”
The hospital will be recognizing the following physicians:
- Ricardo Bedoya, MD — Dr. Bedoya practiced in our community for 33 years. He was instrumental in bringing nuclear medicine, CT and MRI to Lake City. Dr. Bedoya was president of the medical staff and served on numerous other committees at the hospital. He also served as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine, Jacksonville campus. Dr. Bedoya is a fellow of the American College of Radiology (ACR), one of the highest honors ACR bestows. He retired in 2007.
- Jose J. Goyenechea, MD — Dr. Goyenechea began his practice in 1971 and delivered 4,244 babies before his retirement in 1988. He was a member of many service organizations within the Lake City community and belonged to numerous medical societies and associations. Dr. Goyenechea was awarded the “Key to the City” by the Lake City mayor when he retired from full-time practice.
- Ivan A. Lopez, MD — Dr. Lopez started his practice in 1982 and was the only neurologist in Lake City for many years, filling a vital medical role for the community. He served as president of the medical staff for the hospital and was a member of local, state and national societies and associations. Dr. Lopez retired in 2005.
- Barney E. McRae, MD — Dr. McRae grew up in Starke and returned to his North Florida roots to begin his family practice in 1960. He did a little bit of everything from delivery babies to abdominal surgeries. Dr. McRae was a charter member of the Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and was a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. The medical technology building at Florida Gateway College is named in his honor. He retired in 1998.
- Francisco Ravelo, MD — Dr. Ravelo became the area’s first local pathologist in 1984. He also opened the first private laboratory in the community. Dr. Ravelo is a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology, a fellow of the College of American Pathologists and was a member of other local and state associations. He retired in 2011.
- Raul Zelaya, MD — Dr. Zelaya began his solo practice in 1985. He served in many medical staff roles for the hospital and is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Zelaya retired in 2007.