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The 2010 Awards Event

The 26th annual Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Awards Program on October 7, 2010, was a huge success, with 140 people attending this prestigious event.  Awards were presented in the categories of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Preventive Medicine and Public Health, the Lifetime Award for Distinguished Service in Years of Health Advancement, and the scholarship.  Thanks to all who served as presenters for the awards.  A special thanks to our Master of Ceremonies, Mike King, voice of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, who adds so much to the event!  For complete details regarding the achievements of each winner, select 2010 Awards Recipients from the links at the left.

The Lifetime Award for Distinguished Service in Years of Health Advancement

Richard Feldman, M.D., Director of Family Residency at St. Francis Hospital presents the award to Stephen J. Jay, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Indiana University School of Medicine.  Dr. Jay has actively pursued tobacco prevention and cessation programs, environmental safety, and is the author of numerous articles, books, letters to the editor, with appearances before many committees at all levels of government on the issue of tobacco cessation and control.


Geriatrics and Gerontology

Kathryn I. Frank, R.N., Ph.D., Geriatrics Program Administrator at the Iu.U. School of Medicine receives her award from Steven Counsell, M.D., Mary Elizabeth Mitchell Professor, Director, I.U. Geriatrics, and Scientist, I.U. Center for Aging Research, I.U. School of Medicine.  Mrs. Frank ;has been instrumental in organizing healthcare professionals to collaborate regarding providing excellence in care for the older citizens in Indiana.


Preventive Medicine and Public Health

Marion Broome, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN, Dean and Distinguished Professor, I.U. School of Nursing, and Anne Belcher, R.N., PHD., Department Chair, I.U. School of Nursing, present the award to Joe Burrage, Jr., R.N., Ph.D., FAAN, Director, Undergraduate Honors Program, I.U. School of Nursing for his work in supporting organizational structures that assist HIV/AIDS patients in obtaining screening and medical care.


Preventive Medicine and Public Health

Kurt Kroenke, M.D., Regenstrief Institute, presents the award to Thomas Inui, M.D., ScM, Professor of Medicine at the I.U. School of Medicine, and president and CEO, Regenstrief Institute.  Dr. Inui is recognized for his  continuous effort to expand the exchange of health information; for improving health care and access to care for underserved populations; for working to reduce the epidemic of HIV disease and AIDS in Africa, and for working to improve health care internationally.


Preventive Medicine and Public Health

Connie M. Weaver, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Foods and Nutrition at Purdue University; director of the National Institute of Health funded Indiana Clinical and Translation Science Institute; and director of the NIH Botanicals Center for Age-Related Diseases received her award from Beverly Davenport Sypher, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Purdue University.  Dr. Weaver is internationally recognized for leadership in the area of nutrition research and mineral bioavailability with regard to the role of calcium during the teen years in building strong bones and for setting standards for required calcium intake for North American and worldwide populations.


Preventive Medicine and Public Health

M. Esther Barber, Executive Director and Founder, Mexican Civic Association in Indianapolis, presents the Indiana Latino Institute award to Maria Luisa Tishner, Program Director, and Maria Guiroz-Southwood, Communications Director.  The Indiana Latino Institute is recognized for its efforts to assist the Hispanic population in various Indiana counties with tobacco cessation, as well as programs to improve all aspects of their lives:  social, educational, financial, family life, and wellness.


Preventive Medicine and Public Health

Craig Moorman, M.D., Health Officer, Johnson County accepts the award for the Johnson County Health Department from Virginia Caine, M.D., Director, Marion County Health Department.  The Johnson County Health Department is recognized for its outstanding efforts to provide services to the citizens of Johnson County following a major flood in June of 2008, in which the health department was open for business on Monday after the flood on Saturday, in temporary facilities from which the staff operated for six months.


Preventive Medicine and Public Health

James Nelson Gingerich, M.D., Director and Founder, Maple City Health Care Clinic, accepts the award on behalf of the clinic from Virginia Caine, M.D., Director, Marion County Health Department.  The Maple City Health Care Clinic is recognized for its success in reducing the number of premature births and low birth weight babies among the Hispanic population, a group at high risk for these occurrences.


Preventive Medicine and Public Health

Tim Street, Assistant Director of the Shepherd Community Center, presents the award to Wendy St. John, R.N., who accepts for Wishard Health Services "Project Prescription for Hope."  This program is recognized for its success in reducing the recidivism rate for violence related injuries seen at Wishard's Level I Trauma Center.


Excellence in Health Science Research

Bob Brody, President and CEO, St. Francis Hospital, presents the award to Marc Gerdisch, M.D., Director of Cardiothoracis Surgery and Co-director of the Heart Valve Center, St. Francis Hospital.  Dr. Gerdisch's research  focused on the use of extra-cellular matrix (ECM) in tissue reconstruction, its possible impact on heart arrhythmia and treatment of congestive heart failure and for  performing the first-ever surgeries to repair or remodel interior heart structures, such as valves, using a unique bio-scaffold “patch” known as Extra Cellular Matrix               


Excellence in Health Science Research

Marc Overhage, M.D., PhD, CEO, Indiana Health Information Exchange, receives his award from Gregory Larkin, M.D., Indiana's State Health Commissioner.  Dr. Overhage is recognized for his work in using health information technology to assist providers in improving patient care including computerized provider order entry, clinical decision support systems and other forms of feedback and for utilizing captured health information from thousands of sources to create an integrated network of over 13,000 Indiana physicians.


2010 Scholarship Winner

Helen L. Scheibner, H.S.D., Executive Director, Indiana Public Health Foundation, Inc. presented the 2010 Dr. Helen L. Scheibner Life Science and Public Health Scholarship to Andrew Wolfe of Greenfield, Indiana.  Andrew is the third recipient of this scholarship.