Carson Tahoe Health is recognizing Dr. James Thom with its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for his legacy of support, compassion and commitment to the community. Thom, who led the effort to establish a hospital in Carson City, died in 1962 at the age of 72.
The award is presented to those who have bettered the health care commitment by Carson Tahoe Health and to the community, according to a press release.
Thom played a vital role in establishing the first hospital in Carson City, providig patients the access to care without driving to Reno. He was also the first physician in Nevada to travel via a personal airplane to provide timely care for rural patients.
Thom and Major Max C. Fleischmann together embarked on a community-wide fundraising campaign for a hospital in Carson City. Major Fleischmann, inspired by Thom’s dedication, informed Thom, “If you’ll get your businessmen to donate, I’ll match every dime they give. We’ll get a hospital for Carson City.” Through their effort, Carson Tahoe Hospital became a reality when it opened in 1949.
“Dr. Thom was the typical village doctor,” said Art and Naomi Bernard. “He was a warm, personable, and efficient man, always available at any hour you called, and for whatever reason.”
In 1947-1948, Thom served on the Carson Tahoe Hospital Board of Trustees, and in 1955 he became the Chief of Staff of the hospital.
Thom’s contributions and legacy of support continue to make a positive difference throughout the Carson Tahoe medical system and community. A plaque honoring Thom as the winner of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award is now on display at the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center on the Hall of Fame wall near the Sage Café. For more information, call 775-445-5161.