SPRINGFIELD—Dr. Russell Dohner represented the people of Rushville, western Illinois and physicians across the state by serving as the grand marshal for the 2013 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade.
The 88-year-old doctor has been treating western Illinois patients since he first opened his Rushville office in 1955. Dohner charges patients $5 for every visit — regardless of his expenses. Many patients donate to a running collection: covering the costs of anyone who cannot afford to pay. His office is open seven days a week, and he does house calls.
"If someone comes in and they can't pay $5 I'm glad to take care of them, because what I'm there for — is to take care of the people," Dohner said. "I'm a general practitioner: I do whatever I can to help people."
State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) has known Dohner for years.
"Multiple generations have gone to see Dr. Dohner. He's a remarkable man," Sullivan said. "He stands for everything you would want to see in a doctor: He's hardworking, he's compassionate, he's thoughtful, he's caring, he's involved with the community."
Dohner is a World War II veteran and a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School.