The March of Dimes hosted the fifth annual Health Leadership Awards Luncheon honoring individuals and organizations that have supported the mission of the March of Dimes by their extraordinary contributions in maternal and infant health. All finalists were nominated by their peers. Nationwide Children’s Transport Team was the winner of the “Health Care Support” award. The event was held Wednesday, November 7 at the Blackwell in Columbus.
Awards were given to individuals who have contributed in the following fields: nursing and advanced practice nursing, corporate, health care support, community physician, academic physician, pubic health and community service.
“The Health Leadership Awards Luncheon is an opportunity for health care professionals to recognize and applaud their own,” notes Richard McClead, MD, of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and a Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
The very prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Dr. Annemarie Sommer, Professor of Pediatrics and Emeritus at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Nationwide Children’s Transport Team utilizes both ground and air transportation to serve over 65 hospitals in the central and southwestern perinatal and trauma regions in Ohio. And in special cases, the Transport Team transports BPD and cardiac patients from many states. Over 1,725 transports are conducted annually, and five per day on average by Nationwide Children’s Transport Team. The team provides education and timely feedback to parents and staff of the regional hospitals. Nationwide Children’s Transport Team has been described as friendly, calm and available to help guide care with a steady, friendly and helpful hand.
The March of Dimes’ mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Current focus is to heighten the awareness of the issues associated with premature birth and the need for intervention in our current situation. One out of every eight babies in the U.S., and also in central Ohio is born prematurely.
For more information on the March of Dimes and premature birth, visit the Web site at www.marchofdimes.com, its Spanish Web site at www.nacersano.org or call 1-888-MODIMES.