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Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces 2016 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award Recipients

Five individuals and one collaborative selected for their volunteer work dedicated to advancing the health and healthcare of Georgians

Atlanta, GA – March 29, 2016 - The 2016 recipients of the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award were announced by Healthcare Georgia Foundation at Connections 2016: Building a Healthier Georgia Through Community Partnerships. Five individual recipients and one collaborative were recognized during an awards ceremony at the Foundation’s seventh statewide convening of nonprofit grantees, partners, and community leaders. “We are honored to have the opportunity to recognize the selfless and tireless efforts of these often unsung health heroes,” said Gary D. Nelson, PhD, president, Healthcare Georgia Foundation. “The impact of their passion, leadership, and commitment to improving the health of their communities is remarkable, and their volunteer service inspires countless others to do the same.”
 

2016 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award Recipients:

Individual Recipients:

William A. Guest, MD
Volunteer Organization: Southwest Area Health Education Center (SOWEGA-AHEC) 
Albany, Georgia 
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Dr. William Guest is a volunteer board member of the Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center (SOWEGA-AHEC). For twenty-one of his twenty-five years of service, Dr. Guest served as the organization’s board chair, mentoring and precepting medical students, encouraging them to practice in rural Georgia, meeting with legislators to educate them about the challenges faced by rural populations, and how they might address those challenges in the region, engaging with CEOs of area hospitals, and participating in SOWEGA’s Pathways to Medical School. Under his instrumental leadership, 1,901 students who received part of their professional training in southwest Georgia have returned to the region to practice medicine, creating a legacy of caring and thoughtful providers rooted in their communities.

 

Charles E. Moore, MD
Volunteer Organization: HEALing Community Center
Atlanta, Georgia
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Since Dr. Moore was two years old, he wanted to be a physician. Upon graduating from medical school, he sought to help people with the greatest needs. Dr. Moore observed a lot of serious head and neck cancers during his residency and fellowship training, and during his residency in Atlanta, he noticed that many the patients with these ailments were from the same southwest Atlanta zip codes. After years of delivering care from his Subaru, Dr. Moore founded the HEALing Community Center, with the goal to provide a central hub where people take the next step towards self-sufficiency and better health. The Center provides primary healthcare, pediatrics, dental services, and specialty services like ENT and cardiology. Services are provided through a coordinated care team allowing for better management of chronic conditions, and establishing a medical home for many patients. Each year, the Center treats approximately 5,000 patients in this underserved community. 


Pete Quinones 
Volunteer Organization: Cobb & Douglas Public Health District (CDPH)
Marietta, GA
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Pete Quinones is the president and CEO of Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service (MAA). Mr. Quinones is a leader who is staunchly committed to giving back to his community. MAAS’ mission is to provide excellence in patient care and customer service, and the organization places a heavy emphasis on volunteerism, a tenet close to the heart of Quinones. The partnership began during Hurricane Rita, and was further fortified by Quinones and MAAS’ strong desire to be a CDPH community partner, volunteering to support Preparedness and Response planning, Haiti and Ebola relief, Kids First, Safe Kids Cobb (car seat security), and the Safety Village. MAAS has donated automatic defibrillators to schools in Cobb County, and provides maintenance and CPR training to all graduating Cobb seniors. In 2015, Pete and MAAS donated more than 2,500 hours in support of the health of Cobb and Douglas counties. 

 

Brian Seagraves
Volunteer Organization: Mercy Health Center
Athens, GA
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Brian Seagraves is a pharmacist and director of the Hepatitis C Treatment Clinic at Mercy Health Center. In 2010, Brian started the Clinic based on his observation of infection rates in the indigent and underserved in the Athens and the surrounding communities. At Mercy, if a patient tests positive for Hepatitis C, they immediately go into Brian’s care, which includes a team of other providers, including mental health, nutrition, and spiritual advisors. Brian develops a deeply bonded relationship with each patient, and emphasizes the importance of working together. Since the Clinic’s inception, and under Brian’s guidance, Mercy Health Center has treated about 100 Hepatitis C patients, achieving a remarkable successful treatment rate of 97% percent.


Sandy Turner
Volunteer Organization: Good Samaritan House
Dearing, GA
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Sandy Turner is a nurse practitioner with a lifelong dedication to improving community health and teaching. Since 2000, she has served as the volunteer director of the Good Samaritan House in Dearing, Georgia. The clinic was inspired by a student health needs assessment, and championed by Sandy and leaders from the Dearing Baptist Church. The clinic is also supported by the Church of Our Savior, St. Martinez, as well as donations from members of the Dearing community. In her role as director, Sandy provides the clinic’s patients with primary healthcare services. The clinic operates on Mondays from 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM, oftentimes opening early and closing late, and sees patients regardless of income and insurance status. While the rural community is comprised of nearly 600 residents, the clinic has more than 1,000 active patients at any given time.


Collaborative Recipient:

Georgia Public-Private Partnership for Teen Pregnancy Prevention (P3) Statewide
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The Georgia Public-Private Partnership for Teen Pregnancy Prevention (P3) began five years ago, when an opportunity to apply for federal funding for teen pregnancy prevention came to Georgia. Five entities from both the private and public sector decided to collaborate on the application. The group determined early on that setting up a coordinated infrastructure and the collective impact model would have the greatest impact on reducing teen pregnancy, and they continue to embrace this approach. Through the visionary guidance of P3’s Leadership Council, the collaborative is able to be highly proactive and engaged with respect to program innovation, while also influencing and increasing awareness around policy opportunities. Their efforts resulted in not only a cohesive and decisive path forward, but also momentum towards measurable outcomes. Over the past five years, the teen birth rate in Georgia has dropped 45% and the state has become one of only five states whose Medicaid policy now allows for long-acting reversible contraceptives to be given to women right after giving birth.

 

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.

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