The Paul Harris award, Rotary’s highest honor, was presented to Dr. Don Caruso, CEO and president of Cheshire Medical Center at the weekly Rotary Club of Keene meeting on Oct. 4.

The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, a lawyer who started Rotary International in 1905 with three business associates as a way to bring diverse people together and to improve his home city of Chicago. The fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation and recognition for his contributions to Rotary Foundation, to Rotary and to his community.

Rotary Club of Keene selected Caruso for the award in recognition of his commitment in his life and vocation to helping those in need, exemplifying the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation.

Caruso is a family physician who has provided primary care in the region for 23 years. He was the chair of family medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene from 1994 to 2005, and from 2005 to 2011 he served as associate medical director. He became the medical director and served in that position from 2011 to 2015. In 2015 he was named CEO and president of Cheshire Medical Center.

Caruso lives in Keene with his wife, Dr. Nancy Johnson.

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