Richard Klug, M.D., family medicine physician, who was recently awarded the Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner Award from the Nebraska Rural Health Association. The award was announced at the Nebraska Rural Health Conference, held in April of each year. The Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner Award recognizes an individual who is a direct service provider and who provides direct patient care such as physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and others. This individual must exhibit outstanding leadership in bringing and/or improving health services in rural Nebraska. Factors taken into consideration include providing outstanding care; collaboration and multi-disciplinary teamwork; involvement in the community; involvement in education; and lasting contribution to the rural health care system. He was nominated by Karen Kliment Thompson, Community Hospital Vice President Ancillary Services. Dr. Klug has been instrumental in ensuring the residents of southwest Nebraska have continued access to quality healthcare for over thirty-five years. He has devoted countless hours and continues to do so, volunteering his time and expertise to many different originations as well as serving the residents of this region through his own private practice. Dr. Klug received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1982 and completed his family practice residency form UNMC in 1985, joining McCook Clinic in August of that year.