Dr. Jay Smith has received the 2014 North Oaks Health System Physician of the Year Award for exceptional service to others, leadership, performance excellence and his dedication to the community, according to a news release from North Oaks Health System.

Smith is North Oaks Medical Center’s Emergency Services medical director and a 24-year veteran of the North Oaks Medical staff, the release said.

Nominations praised Smith’s care and concern for his patients and the respectful working relationship he fosters with the entire hospital staff. Nominations also commended his focus on providing quality care and his community service at North Oaks Sports Medicine student-athlete screening events through the years.

Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, Smith is the department chairman and a past vice chairman for Emergency Services on the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee. He was North Oaks Medical Center’s chief of staff in 1998, and he has contributed as a member of the Emergency Department Steering and Bylaws Committees numerous terms during his career.

The Louisiana Hospital Association appointed Smith to the Louisiana Emergency Response Network’s Regional Commission for Region 9. He represents hospital service district facilities and is the commission’s vice chairman. He also has been recognized by New Orleans Magazine as one of Louisiana’s “Top Doctors.”

The Medical Executive Committees of North Oaks Medical Center and North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital select a Physician of the Year annually based on nominations from North Oaks employees, volunteers and physicians.

For information about the North Oaks Medical staff, call the North Oaks Physician Hotline at (985) 230-3627, or visit the “Find a Physician” link at www.northoaks.org.