Knoxville Hospital and Clinics Physician Doctor Earl McKeever will be honored today as a 2012 Iowa Hospital Association Hospital Hero. Iowa Hospital Association Spokesperson Scott McIntyre says McKeever is being recognized for his lifetime of service and commitment as a community caregiver. One person who nominated McKeever said he’s kind, sympathetic, and the definition of service before self. McKeever has worked in the Knoxville area for 50 years. He’ll be among 10 people recognized today at the Iowa Hospital Association annual meeting in Des Moines.