Dr. Marilyn Baetz has been recognized by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan with the Dr. Dennis A. Kendel Distinguished Service Award. Baetz is physician lead for Saskatoon Health Region’s Mental Health and Addiction Services and head of the department of psychiatry. The award recognizes and honours an individual or individuals who have made outstanding contributions in Saskatchewan to physician leadership or to physician engagement and quality improvements in health care.

Dr. Marilyn Baetz with Dr. Mark Chapelski, President of the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Marilyn Baetz with Dr. Mark Chapelski, President of the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.

She improved the implementation and enhancement of programs such as the Maternal Mental Health Program in Saskatoon’s three acute care hospitals. In particular, Baetz took the lead role in ensuring responsive and comprehensive psychiatric service was offered to post natal and post­ partum women through the initiation of the maternal mental health clinic.

She is internationally recognized for her research on the effects of religion and spirituality on mental health. Her development of a curriculum on the subject for use in educating physicians-in-training won her a prestigious award through the John Templeton Foundation.

Baetz was recognized for her work at a banquet held in November 2013. Congratulations Dr. Baetz!