A mentor at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown was honored with the hospital's seventh annual Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday night.
Dr. LaVerne VanDeWall was this year's recipient.
VanDeWall has been part of the Watertown medical community for 27 years.
He currently is the supervisor for Samaritan's graduate education medical clinic and director of the internal residency program.
"I was very excited -- I've known about it for several months but as the day got closer I got more and more nervous about it," Dr. VanDeWall said. "It's a very humbling experience to be in company with some of the other recipients of this award."
A handful of light-hearted awards were also given to other Samaritan doctors in honor of National Doctors Day.