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Rugby Doctor Wins National Award

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A North Dakota man has been named the Rural Health Practitioner of the Year by the National Rural Health Association.

Dr. Hubert Seiler or Rugby will pick up his award at ceremonies in Las Vegas next week.

Jim Olson caught up with the man who has been a family doctor to people in north-central North Dakota for four decades.

(Dr. Hubert Seiler, Rugby Doctor) "I've been in Rugby since 1973."

For more than 40 years, this man has been a part of many families in the Rugby area - as their trusted doctor.

(Dr. Hubert Seiler, Rugby Doctor) "I have some families that I take care of three generations."

It seems Dr. Hubert Seiler's practice has matured along with his patients.

(Dr. Hubert Seiler, Rugby Doctor) "I've done everything. In the first 13 years I did OB, and my practice evolved into internal medicine and geriatrics. In between there I did some sports medicine."

He's based at the Heart of America Medical Center, but has spent his medical life traveling to places like Towner, Dunseith, and Leeds.

(Dr. Hubert Seiler, Rugby Doctor) "I still go to Maddock every week - been going over there for 38 years."

And over his four decades of doctoring, he has seen a lot of changes - there are new tests, medicines, equipment, and even diseases.

(Dr. Hubert Seiler, Rugby Doctor) "AIDS has been since I was in med school."

But through it all, he has stayed true to his mission to care for people in rural North Dakota. That's one reason he's been named the national Rural Health Practitioner of the Year. But there are other factors too, like his involvement in the community he calls home.

(Dr. Hubert Seiler, Rugby Doctor) "I'm actually very proud of being from Rugby."

He's busy in many community projects and has been a major player in Boy Scouts over the years. Plus, he is a frequent traveler on behalf of Habitat for Humanity. He'll be taking off on another home-building trip soon.

(Dr. Hubert Seiler, Rugby Doctor) "It'll be my tenth trip outside of North Dakota for Habitat for Humanity - I'm going to Costa Rica."

Dr. Seiler says most of his medical school mates have retired. How about his plans to hang up his stethoscope?

(Dr. Hubert Seiler, Rugby Doctor) "I told my daughter that I would retire on the day she graduates from med school...that's three years from now."

Meanwhile, he'll continue to be a critical part of the Rugby area's critical care. Jim Olson, KX News.

In addition to the national rural health award, Dr. Seiler will receive a similar state award later this year as well.

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