Fred Pfenniger, MDwas recognized as a Guardian Angel at Parkview LaGrange Hospital by grateful patient Georgetta (Jo) Gunthorp and her daughter, Sherri Johnston.  (Submitted photo)

Doctor from Boston Bar named a Guardian Angel

Dr. Fred Pfenniger recognized by patients in the emergency room at U.S. hospital

The world could always use another Guardian Angel, and an American doctor who grew up in Boston Bar has been recognized as such.

Dr. Fred Pfenniger, a graduate of Hope secondary, works in the emergency department at the Parkview LaGrange Hospital in Indiana. The hospital has a special program in which patients can recognize their caregivers as Guardian Angels while also making a donation to the hospital in that person’s name.

Pfenniger’s mother Elizabeth Pfenniger, came into the Hope Standard to update the community on her son’s great achievements. Her hope is to inspire other students from small towns and rural reaches of the area to work hard and keep their dreams in mind.

The patients who recognized him was Jo Gunthorp and her daughter, Sherri Johnston, according to a press release from the Parkview LaGrange Foundation.

“Over the years, we have been frequent visitors to the Parkview LaGrange Emergency Department with my mother, Jo Gunthorp,” Johnston said. “She has always had amazing and caring nurses and doctors. On a recent visit, we met Dr. Fred. He is such an incredible ER doctor. His patience and kindness with my mother were amazing. He gave her world class care with a smile. We are so thankful for Dr. Fred. He is a true Guardian Angel. Our LaGrange community is so very lucky to have Parkview LaGrange.”

Pfenniger went to UBC out of high school, first earning a Bachelor of Applied Sciences Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also earned a masters of Business Administration at the University of Athabasca.

In 2008, he graduated from Saba University School of Medicine.

“I always told him if you shoot your dreams into the stars you may not hit one, but you will be further up there,” his mother added.


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