Virginia Health Centers Celebrated as ‘Heroes in Health Care’

Several local health safety net organizations and employees recently received awards and accolades at the Virginia Health Care Foundation’s (VHCF) annual Heroes in Health Care celebration on May 26.  Of these awardees, two represent community health centers from the Commonwealth of Virginia that demonstrate tremendous success in maintaining efforts to improve access to affordable primary and behavioral health care.

The Daily Planet (Richmond, VA) and Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services (HAMHDS) were recognized with the Unsung Hero Teamwork Award for their successful partnership to co-locate and integrate primary care and behavioral health services.  Peter Prizzio, Maureen Neal, Shannon Garrett, and Noreen Harris from The Daily Planet were honored for their collaboration with employees Lara Totty, Daniel Rigsby, and Michael O’Connor from HAMHDS.

“There are thousands of Virginians volunteering or working in the health care safety net who divert their uninsured patients from the downward spiral of untreated diseases, and set them back on the path to productive lives,” VHCF Executive Director Deborah Oswalt said. “The purpose of our Heroes in Health Care awards is to thank and recognize some of the best of them.”

Highland Medical Center (Monterey, VA) was honored with the Wells Fargo Achievement Award for Outstanding Virginia Health Care Foundation Alumna, which commends the organization which has best sustained itself and continued to excel after it has “graduated” from VHCF funding.

“Wells Fargo is proud to underwrite this special award, because it reflects many of the qualities of entrepreneurism and good stewardship which we value and practice at Wells Fargo.”   In addition to providing recognition, Wells Fargo also has provided each year’s winner with a check for $10,000.

Congratulations to all award winners!