Spring Hill College (SHC) will recognize two of its alumni with prestigious awards during a President’s reception on March 30 on the college’s campus. The event is held annually the night before the kick off of Homecoming on The Hill, an annual reunion weekend for SHC alumni. Each year, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations accepts nominations for the awards and, based upon the parameters of the award, selects the year’s recipients.
Michael Phelan, MD, a 1971 graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, will receive the Gautrelet Award, an honor presented to an alumnus or alumna of high integrity who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement. After graduation from SHC, Phelan continued to Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree. After completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Jacksonville Health Education Program, he established a successful obstetrics and gynecology practice, which he has maintained for nearly 40 years.
Phelan is co-chairman of District 12 for the American Congress of Gynecology. He has been a member of the Florida Medical Association, the Childbirth Education Association and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors for the Hubbard House, a certified domestic violence center, where he takes time to deliver special insight on ways to assist those living there. Phelan has been called one of the leading and most innovative health care professionals in Jacksonville, Fla, with those familiar with his work lauding his focus on bringing the best possible care to his patients and those in need.
Steven W. Kinsey, MD, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1985, will receive the Ignatian Award, bestowed upon an alumnus or alumna in recognition of community service that supports the ideals set forth by St. Ignatius of Loyola. This award recognizes those who have dedicated their spirit to making a difference in the lives of others through selfless acts of humanitarianism. Kinsey earned his medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Over the years, he has held numerous positions including chief of surgery at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, chief of staff at Bay Medical Center and, most recently, cancer liaison physician at Thomas Hospital.
Kinsey volunteers at the Hope Center in Fairhope, where he performs operations for those who are unable to afford treatment. He is active in the fight against cancer – particularly breast cancer – and continues to educate himself on best treatment options for his patients. Kinsey volunteers alongside family members, working diligently with his wife to raise money and gain support for the American Cancer Society and traveling with his father to Africa and Central America on mission trips. He continues to lead his mission team and dedicates his time to both foreign and local missions. He is an active member of St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Parish, McGill-Toolen High School Alumni Association and the Spring Hill College Alumni Association.