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Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces 2008 Recipients of the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award

Foundation Honors Six individuals and one Community Collaborative; Dedicates Community Service Award Program to former board member, Joseph D. Greene

Atlanta, Georgia – April 17, 2008 – Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced the recipients of its community service award. Six individuals and one community collaborative were honored for their volunteer work and dedication to advancing the health and health care across Georgia. In addition, the Foundation dedicated its community service award to Joseph D. Greene, a former board member and inspiration leader who recently lost a long-term battle with cancer.


The announcements took place during a special ceremony at the opening of the Foundation’s third convening of grantees, partners, and community leaders, Connections 2008:  Strengthening the Health of Georgia Through the Nonprofit Community. “The compassionate, dedicated work that these extraordinary individuals and organization do embodies the true spirit of volunteerism and its important impact on underserved Georgians,” said Gary D. Nelson, Foundation president. “It is our hope that the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award will continue to celebrate his legacy and the values he held so close to his heart, and inspire others to dedicate their time to improving health and health care for all Georgians.”


Anjli Aurora
Volunteer Organization: HealthSTAT

Anjli is the current president of Health Students Taking Action Together (HealthSTAT), a student-led non-profit organization with a mission to create a statewide community of health professional students engaged in education, activism, and service. HealthSTAT crosses disciplinary boundaries and brings together students from across Georgia in medicine, nursing, public health, and other health fields. Her work has been focused on leadership development, grassroots advocacy, and community engagement around the issues of HIV/ AIDS prevention and policy, childhood obesity prevention, health disparities, and access to care.

Ms. Aurora has elected to donate her $1,000 award to Health Students Taking Action Together (HealthSTAT).

    
Dr. Krystal Bragg
Volunteer Organization: Special Olympics Georgia, Statesboro Noon Lions Club

Dr. Krystal Bragg, OD, has served for three years as clinical director of Opening Eyes, the vision portion of the Healthy Athletes Initiatives of Special OlympicsGeorgia. Opening Eyes is held once a year during the State Summer Games at Emory University. Vision screenings are funded in part by the International Lions Club. As clinical director, Dr. Bragg recruits Lions Club members as well as optometrists and opticians to run the event.
 

Dr. Bragg has elected to donate her $1,000 award to Lions Club International Foundation/Campaign Sight First II.
 

Ed Burnette, DDS
Volunteer Organization: Good News Clinics

After 36 years of practicing dentistry, Dr. Ed Burnette retired in 1996.
However, within a few months of doing so, Dr. Sam Poole of Good News
Clinics approached him for his help in starting a volunteer dental clinic. Faced with little space, equipment, and no dental volunteers, Dr. Burnette recruited 40 volunteer dentists for the dental clinic that opened in 2007, as well as arranging for donated supplies, clinic space, and the equipment necessary to serve patients who had no insurance and no means to pay for dental care.
 

Dr. Burnette has elected to donate his $1,000 award to Green Warren Dental Clinic, Good News Clinics.


Dr. David S. Humphries
Volunteer Organization: Hands of Hope Clinic, Inc.

Dr. Humphries is a retired Army Colonel and retired orthopedic surgeon from Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2000, he and his wife, J.G., moved to Henry County, Georgia to be closer to their grandchildren. Intimately immersed in
his new community, Dr. Humphries was influential in convincing his church, McDonough Presbyterian Church, to donate the space necessary to support the Hands of Hope Clinic. The Clinic, two years in the making, now provides free medical care for the uninsured. With his usual hands-on approach and unflappable dedication, Dr. Humphries soon assumed the role of medical director and vice president of the board of directors. To date, the clinic has served over 4,000 patients and provided more than $600,000 in prescriptions.

Dr. Humphries has elected to donate his $1,000 award to Hands of Hope Clinic, Inc.


E. Andrew Isakson
Volunteer Organization: HealthMPowers
Andy Isakson is very active and engaged in community organizations – contributing his time, ideas, expertise and financial resources. He is the cofounder and chairman of the board of directors for HealthMPowers, Inc., an
Atlanta-based not-for-profit that provides comprehensive health programming to schools throughout Georgia. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Chattahoochee Nature Center and serves as chairman of Emory University’s Center for Health in Aging Advisory Board. In these positions, Isakson has been described as a man of few words, yet a man of great action.
 

Mr. Isakson has elected to donate his $1,000 award to HealthMPowers.




Barbara Rudolph, FNP
Volunteer Organization: J.C. Lewis Health Center of Union Mission, Inc.

Barbara Rudolph volunteers her time weekly as a nurse practitioner at the J.C.
Lewis Health Center of Union Mission, primarily providing health care services to the homeless in Savannah. She is also very engaged in community health promotion and education on breast cancer and breast health, including support activities for breast cancer survivors and caregivers. Her focus as a volunteer is to support the wellness of individuals and families from all walks of life. She is motivated by equalizing the system of care so that all persons can have an equal chance to be well, a philosophy that reflects who she is as a person, both professionally and spiritually.

Ms. Rudolph has elected to donate her $1,000 award to J.C. Lewis Health Center of Union Mission, Inc.




Coastal Medical Access Project
The mission of Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP) is to build healthier communities, focusing primarily on coastal Georgia through programs that increase access to health care. Concerned local citizens founded the nonprofit rural health network in 2002 to ensure quality care for area residents who had no access to health care other than the local hospital emergency department. Thanks to critical leadership and partnership with the Southeast Georgia Health System and Coastal Health District, CMAP developed three separate but integrated services for uninsured and underinsured residents of coastal Georgia.
 

 

 

Coastal Medical Access Project has elected to donate its $1,000 award to Goodwin Community Health Center dba Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP).

 

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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