Jon Roberts, MD, was recently named Mountain View’s first Humanitarian of the Year. Chamber of Commerce board members presented the award to Dr. Roberts during a chamber luncheon Tuesday, February 8. During the luncheon, he was commended for his dedication to the community and his efforts to improve access to health care both locally and worldwide, particularly in Haiti where he has traveled yearly to provide health care since 2006. Dr. Roberts is a family practice physician with St. John’s Clinic – Mountain View.
Connie Porter, RN, who worked with Dr. Roberts for 27 years, shared why he was worthy of the award. “This man is dedicated to his patients and this community,” she said. “Starting a free clinic was a dream he had. That dream came true with the opening of the Samaritan Clinic in 2004. It is no surprise to me that he would go to Haiti. Dr. Roberts is the true essence of a Christian man.”
Roberts humbly thanked the chamber for the honor and spoke briefly about the work in Haiti. He said that in the past twelve months, the Haitians have faced an earthquake, hurricanes, economic hardship and a cholera outbreak. “A year later people are still living in tents and in squalor conditions,” he said. He shared how the efforts and support from the local community have benefited the Haitians. Anyone wishing to help with the efforts can make a donation through Samaritan’s Purse or through First Baptist Church of Mountain View.