Over the course of his more than 50 years in practice, Lane Ormand has delivered a sizable percentage of the babies born in Union County.
Ormand ’58 established his solo OB/GYN practice in Monroe in 1962. Since then, he has been a fixture of the community, displaying an unwavering commitment to improving the health of generations of patients.
That half-century commitment has earned Ormand one of this year’s Distinguished Medical Alumni Awards.
Early in his career, Ormand also served his country, working for two years as an OB/GYN at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Back home in Monroe, Ormand was Union County’s first board certified OB/GYN specialist. He has dedicated his career to expanding the women’s health services available in the community. He was instrumental in the creation of the Union County Health Department’s High Risk Maternity Clinic. Over the course of his career in private practice, Ormand covered the Family Planning and Maternity Clinics – including the High Risk Clinic – at the Union County Health Department two days a week.
“Dr. Ormand is worthy of this award not only because of his service to our community, but how he served,” said MichaelLutes, president, Carolinas Health System Union. “He is a patient advocate, a community leader, a gifted physician, and a teacher who believes every person deserves the best care possible.”
Phil Jones, MD, an OB/GYN with Carolinas Medical Center, recalls an early piece of advice he received from Ormand: “Practice good medicine, make yourself available, and treat people nicely. Everything else will take care of itself.”
Upon Ormand’s retirement, the Monroe Women’s Clinic was renamed in his honor and now serves patients as the Ormand Center for Women.
After retiring, he continued working one day a week at the Health Department when he saw that there was a need for additional physicians.
Randall Williams, MD ’85, deputy secretary for health services at the NC Department of Health and Human Services, said Ormand is a role model for physicians serving in rural and underserved areas.
“One of my primary missions is to recruit and advocate for physicians serving in rural areas,” Williams said. “I often tell members of the legislature and other leaders across the state that if we could somehow clone Lane Ormand, the world would be a much better place.”
In recognition of his exemplary contributions to improving the health of generations and his extraordinary, lifelong commitment to his community, we are proud to present the Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award to Lane Ormand.