January 12th, 2004

Contact:      Jennifer Kurczek
      Community Relations Director

      (920)361-5481 or jkurczek@partnershealth.org



CHN physicians achieve Board Certification in family practice


(BERLIN)—The American Board of Family Practice has announced the certification of Craig Batley, DO and David Budde, DO, family practitioners for Community Health Network, effective December 5th, 2003.


In order to achieve certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice, a qualifying physician must possess a valid license, complete 36-months of residency training and pass a rigorous written examination. Re-certification is required every seven years.


With special interests in preventative medicine and sports-related injuries, Drs. Batley and Budde joined CHN in September – serving patients of all ages at CHN’s Associated Family Physicians clinic on the Berlin Memorial Hospital campus. The physicians also provide weekly obstetrical coverage on Thursday’s at CHN’s Green Lake Family Practice, located in the Green Lake Medical Building at the Hwy 23/49 intersection.


A graduate of the Des Moines University–Osteopathic Medical Center, Dr. Batley earned his bachelor degree in natural sciences-biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed his residency in family practice at the Via Christi Family Practice Residency Program in Wichita, Kansas, where he achieved specialized training in obstetrics, pediatrics, adolescent, adult and geriatric care, caesarean sections and endoscopy procedures.


Also a graduate of the Des Moines UniversityOsteopathic Medical Center, Dr. Budde completed his undergraduate studies in environmental health at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He served his residency as Administrative Chief Resident at the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, where he completed a comprehensive family practice program and specialized training in caesarean sections and endoscopy procedures.


Community Health Network is a continuum of healthcare services which includes Berlin Memorial Hospital, Juliette Manor, Juliette Terrace, Partners Family Pharmacy, CHN Rehabilitation and Occupational Health, and the CHN Medical Group, consisting of more than 110 multi-specialty providers serving nearly 20 community clinics. Community Health Network is further affiliated with Wild Rose Community Memorial Hospital.