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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS - The recently retired executive director of the Alaska State Medical Association has been honored for lifetime achievement by the American Medical Association.

James J. “Jim” Jordan, a longtime Anchorage resident, was “instrumental in the implementation of medical professional liability reforms and was involved in the enactment of a Patients’ Bill of Rights, the Physician Joint Negotiation Law and the Prompt Pay Law,” the AMA noted in a news release last week announcing the honor.

“We are pleased to present Mr. Jordan with this award in recognition of his outstanding work advocating for the physicians and patients of Alaska,” said the AMA’s board chairman, Dr. Steven J. Stack. “His experience, knowledge and enthusiasm have helped Alaskan physicians excel and patients thrive.”

Jordan served on several statewide panels, including being one of the founders of the Alaska Electronic Health Record Alliance. Jordan also previously served as director of the Alaska Division of Insurance.

The AMA said The Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed on an executive “who has contributed substantially to the goals and ideals of the medical profession … over a significant term of service.” It was presented to Jordan on Nov. 10 at the AMA’s semi-annual policymaking meeting in Honolulu.

Jordan retired June 30 after almost 16 years as the Alaska State Medical Association’s executive director.

The AMA noted that Jordan’s nomination was a multi-state effort that was put forth without his knowledge.

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