The Georgia Medical Society held its 17th annual Health Care Heroes Awards banquet earlier this week honoring individuals in the community who were nominated for their many health care activities. These individuals were nominated by organizations and individuals who felt they had involved themselves in making health care better in this community.
This year’s categories and winners were:
Health Care Innovations: An individual or an organization that has designated and implemented a new program that has improved the quality of life for a segment of our community.
- The Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program at Memorial University Medical Center
- The iROUND Program at St. Joseph’s/Candler
- Carol Greenberg, president, Morningstar Cultural Arts Group
Health Care Education: An individual or an organization that has conducted or sponsored educational activities that have improved the quality of life for a segment of our community.
- Diane Youmans, MSN, R.N. Coordinator, Perinatal Bereavement Program at Memorial University Medical Center
- African American Health Information and Resource Center, Healthy Kids Cooking Camps at St. Joseph’s/Candler
- Get Your Rear in Gear 5 K Walk/Run — St. Joseph’s/Candler
Community Outreach: Organizations that have taken Health Care initiatives outside the confines of their own institutions and into the community at large with demonstrable improvements in the quality of life.
- Mercy Volunteer Program – St. Joseph’s/Candler
- Angels of Mercy Danny’s Brown Box Campaign – St. Joseph’s/Candler
- Mark Robertson for The River’s Christmas Wish – iHeart Radio
Institutions/Organizations: Member of governance, management, or employees who improve the quality of life in the organization, institution or the community, by the initiatives developed by the institution.
- St. Joseph’s/Candler Volunteer Services
- Cardiovascular Stepdown Unit – Memorial University Medical Center
- Jackie Rabinowitz – chair, Kids Only Capital Campaign, Memorial Foundation
Allied Health Professionals: Health care professionals, who are not physicians who have made significant contributions to health care in the community, above and beyond the expectations of their jobs.
- Susan Howell. Director Magnet Program of St. Joseph’s/Candler
- Sister Grace Agate, RSM – Workplace Spirituality Coordinator, St. Joseph’s/Candler
- Sara Breyfogle, Board Certified Music Therapist of Hospice Savannah, Inc.
Physicians Lifetime Achievement: A physician who is retired and whose contributions to the welfare of the community significantly exceed his activities as a practicing physician.
- Paul F. Jurgensen, M.D. (Posthumously)
- Carl L Rosengart, M.D.