The Rural Health Care Provider award recognizes a direct service provider who exhibits leadership in the improvement of health care services to the rural areas of West Virginia.
Jennifer Plymale, Director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health, nominated Dr. Becher for her commitment to her community and rural medicine.
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito presented the award to Dr. Becher.
Senator Capito stated the following at the presentation, “You, like most family doctors, do not get the recognition that you deserve every day. When you are in physically and emotionally broken homes doing a home visits, or seeing kids who are in the most dire circumstances in rural Appalachia, or trying to figure out electronic health records and value based care, no one is handing you an award. Kimberly, you are the real deal.”
Dr. Becher is a native West Virginian who completed medical school and residency at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. She became involved in rural health policy issues at both the state and national level during her medical training and continues to be involved in issues related to her community and her practice.
Community Care of West Virginia CEO Rick Simon explained, “Dr. Becher is truly representative of what makes this state such a great place to live and work.”