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2014 Recipients of the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award Announced
Atlanta, GA – April 23, 2014 - Healthcare Georgia Foundation announced the 2014 recipients of the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award. The announcements took place during a special ceremony at Connections 2014: Addressing Healthcare Access, Cost and Quality in Georgia, the Foundation’s sixth statewide convening of nonprofit grantees, partners, and community leaders. “On behalf of the Board and staff of Healthcare Georgia Foundation, we proudly salute the 2014 recipients of the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award,” said Gary D. Nelson, PhD, president, Healthcare Georgia Foundation. “Through the dedication and tireless efforts of these heroes for health, Georgians today and tomorrow will benefit greatly from their legacy of servant leadership.”
Nelson added, “Their voluntary service, frequently invisible to others, is perhaps the most critical component of care for the underserved and for the health and well being of their community.”
The 2014 recipients are:
Volunteer Organization: Brain Injury Peer Visitor Association
Johns Creek, GA
Ann Boriskie is the founder and director of the Brain Injury Peer Visitor Association. After an automobile accident changed Ann’s life forever in 1998, Ann realized a need for a support system for brain injury survivors and their caregivers. The Brain Injury Peer Visitor Association is comprised of 150 volunteers, all of whom are trained and supervised by Ann. The volunteers currently visit 25 hospitals and rehabilitation centers in the metro Atlanta area. Each year, Ann and her team visit more than 4,300 survivors and their caregivers each year. Ann has touched the lives of thousands of brain injury survivors and their loved ones, inspiring hope, recovery and a continuum of support and care through her Association.
Volunteer Organization: Hearts and Hands Clinic
Anne Clifton has a full-time volunteer at the Hearts and Hands Clinic since its inception in 2010. As the Clinic’s medical coordinator Anne regularly goes beyond her official role: taking an active interest in the lives of the patients, both inside and outside of the Clinic. Anne can often be found helping patients fill out medical forms, assisting them with groceries, making personal visits to their homes, ensuring that their children have presents for the holidays, and taking care that utilities are kept on. As a role model and community leader, Anne sets the bar high for the young medical, nursing and pre-professional students that volunteer at the Clinic, helping to ensure that her legacy of care lives on.
Ho Su Kim
Volunteer Organization: Center for Pan Asian Community Services
When Ho Su Kim immigrated to the United States 21 years ago, he was seeking a better life for himself and his family. He arrived at the doors of the Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS) in search of assistance with senior housing, and soon began to give back much more than he received. As a senior himself, Ho Su Kim saw the need in the local community to improve access to healthy food options for seniors. Over the past 10 years, “Mr. Kim”, as he is called, packs, delivers and distributes thousands of Food Bags and other items to the community, and when he isn’t delivering these crucial goods, he's developing partnerships with local grocery and big box stores, picking up fresh produce, and making the rounds to bring seniors into the CPACS facility for services.
Volunteer Organization: Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center
Pickens County, Georgia, population thirty thousand, is nestled in the North Georgia Mountains. Approximately half of the county’s residents had no access to health services that is, until the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center was founded. Jobeth Yarbrough was part of a small group of concerned and compassionate citizens who recognized the county’s need for a health center for its citizens. In her role as director of volunteers, Jobeth has inspired, recruited, trained, and retained more than 400 dedicated volunteers, who have in turn, helped the Center provide services for more than 14,000 patients, fill over 15,000 prescriptions, and administer approximately 300 x-rays in 2012 alone. Jobeth’s compassionate care touches the lives of patients and volunteers at every turn, and she takes great care to ensure that they know how important they are to her and to the community.
Cancer Coalition of South Georgia
Founded in 2002, the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia was created with the goal of addressing the seemingly impossible problem of cancer in a large, impoverished, rural region of Georgia. The Coalition is a collaboration of individuals and organizations across a 32 county community. This unique, diverse group of business and industry leaders, hospital leaders, faith community members, public health officials, physicians, cancer survivors and others serves more than 800 patients every year. The success of the Coalition is due its enduring commitment to the mission, “to prevent cancer and increase survival among the people of South Georgia.”
About Joseph D. Greene
In his 2005 memoir, From Cotton Fields to Board Rooms, Joseph D. Greene recounted leaving his home in rural Georgia in 1959 with his high school diploma and just $35 he had earned from picking cotton. The years that followed were decorated with success and achievements, as he elevated himself from the cotton fields of his youth to become a revered public leader. As a founding Healthcare Georgia Foundation board member, Mr. Greene helped steward the organization from its inception in 1999 through his retirement as board chair in 2006. In November 2007, the Foundation lost an inspirational leader when this gentle soul lost his battle with cancer. In 2008, Healthcare Georgia Foundation dedicated its community service award program in his honor, naming it the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award.
About Healthcare Georgia Foundation
Healthcare Georgia Foundation is a statewide, private independent foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities. Through its strategic grantmaking, Healthcare Georgia Foundation supports organizations that drive positive change, promotes programs that improve health and healthcare among underserved individuals and communities, and connects people, partners and resources across Georgia. For more information, please visit the Foundation online at: www.healthcaregeorgia.org.