Prattsburg Native Honored for His Outstanding Commitment

Elise van der Jagt is "selfless in the sharing of his talents"

October 13, 1999

Children's Hospital at Strong of the University of Rochester has named Dr. Elise van der Jagt, a 1966 graduate of Prattsburg High School, the winner of this year's Miracle Maker Award for Outstanding Commitment by a Physician.

Each year, the hospital thanks a select group of "Miracle Makers" - individuals, businesses and organizations that display an outstanding commitment to our community's ill and injured children.

Van der Jagt, who now lives in suburban Rochester, has been a doctor at Children's Hospital at Strong for nearly two decades. In 1987, he was named the first director of the hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and now serves as director of outreach programs, among many other duties.

"Dr. van der Jagt is a truly dedicated child advocate," says Dr. Elizabeth McAnarney, pediatrician-in-chief. "Through his love of children and his tireless commitment to the highest ideals of the profession of medicine, he has improved the lives of many children and their families. He is selfless in the sharing of his talents."

Van der Jagt has been instrumental in developing relationships with hospitals throughout the Southern Tier, and relishes his role as director of the Children's Hospital's Pediatric Transport Program.

"I speak with numerous physicians throughout the region, giving them advice on acutely ill patients before our team gets there," he says. "It is especially exciting for me to go to Bath, Corning, Elmira, Dansville, Hornell, and Ithaca, because these were places we went when I was growing up."

Van der Jagt helped develop the Children's Hospital at Strong Directory, which lists all departments, physicians and key staff members who work with children, making it easier for physicians, nurses and parents to find expert help when there is a need.

In addition, van der Jagt is working with regional physicians and hospitals to identify local medical needs that can be met by Children's Hospital at Strong.

"It's a lot of fun and it's exciting," van der Jagt says. "I sincerely believe that Children's Hospital at Strong can be the premier children's hospital in the state."

Van der Jagt lives in Pittsford, Monroe County, with Jan, his wife of nearly 20 years, and seven children.

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