St. Paul, Mn – Charles E. Crutchfield, MD, President of Associated Obstetrics & Gynecology, PA, St. Paul, has been chosen to receive a 2002 United Hospital Foundation… St. Paul, Mn – Charles E. Crutchfield, MD, President of Associated Obstetrics & Gynecology, PA, St. Paul, has been chosen to receive a 2002 United Hospital Foundation Service to Humanity Award. Dr. Crutchfield is the first African American recipient of the award, which is given annually to one physician and one member of the St. Paul community who have shown selfless dedication and exemplary leadership in improving the health and welfare of St. Paul and the surrounding communities.
Dr. Crutchfield, the first African-American obstetrician to practice in Minnesota, has delivered more than 9,000 babies in his 33-year career. A former captain in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1969, he was voted by his peers to receive the Outstanding Military Physician Award. He is past chairman of the United Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital OB/GYN Departments and is involved in many hospital committees and advisory groups. Dr. Crutchfield is past president of the Minnesota Association of Black Physicians and was selected as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Citizens in the history of St. Paul. He has received numerous community services awards, most recently the Whitney Young Award from the Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Crutchfield, a former semiprofessional ballplayer, is a mentor for the Youth Initiative Mentoring Academy and has received awards from the MMA (Minnesota Medical Association), AMA (American Medical Association) and RMS (Ramsey Medical Society). He and his wife, Pat were grand marshals in the 1996 Rondo Days Festival in St. Paul, and they were selected at the 1998 Family of the Year by the St. Paul Urban League.
Dr. Crutchfield, age 62, was born in Jasper, Alabama, and moved to Minnesota in 1955. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Crutchfield has five children, six grandchildren, and resides in Central Village Park, St. Paul, with Pat Crutchfield (newspaper writer), his wife of 27 years.
Dr. Crutchfield will be honored at the Service to Humanity Awards dinner at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, at the Radisson River Front Hotel, St. Paul. Duke Adamski, United Hospital Foundation President, said, “Dr. Crutchfield is well respected by his colleagues and has provided exceptional care to thousands of members of the St. Paul community. United Hospital is fortunate to have Dr. Crutchfield as a member of its medical staff.”
Dr. Crutchfield and Jac Sperling, chief executive officer of the Minnesota Wild National Hockey League Team, are the 2002 recipients of the award in its 16th year. Dr. Crutchfield’s longtime friend and former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton will present his award.