FORT WASHINGTON, MD – (September 7, 2016) — Fort Washington Medical Center (FWMC)
will honor leaders from Prince George’s County and the State of
Maryland for their trailblazing work in advancing the health and vitality
of its residents at their inaugural gala on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. With
the theme “All Hands on Deck: Collaborating for a Healthier Community,” the black-tie event will celebrate the outstanding achievements,
commitment and dedication of health professionals, community and civic
leaders, politicians and various organizations throughout the state. The
inaugural gala, which will bring light to the health disparities in Maryland,
will be held at the Gaylord Hotel at the National Harbor.
“We are delighted to have an evening honoring the individual and
organizational efforts to impact the health of our state,” said
Reginald A. Jones, interim CEO of FWMC’s parent company, Nexus Health.
“Over the past several years Maryland, and specifically Prince George’s
County, has emerged as a leader in the healthcare field. Without the tireless
work of several leaders and advocates this would not have been possible.”
Honorees will include theGovernor Larry Hogan of Maryland,
Honorable Senator Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senator of Maryland,
Prince George’s County Councilman Obie Patterson andPrince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III. FWMC is also actively engaging the community and requesting that individuals
and organizations submit nominations of outstanding citizens and organizations
who have and are making an impact in Prince George’s County in the
areas of health awareness, access or care. Nominations are open and can
be made on the website or persons may request nomination forms at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Set to not only be a celebration, but an inspiration, the gala aims to
bring awareness to health disparities in Maryland and to motivate the
hundreds of attendees to become more engaged and strive for improved healthcare
for all, with a particular focus on decreasing inequities that exist based
on socioeconomic, age, race and gender demographics.
More information about this year’s honorees, as well as ticket and
event information for the gala can be found at www.fortwashingtonmc.org.
Organizations and companies who share a commitment to addressing health
and wellness in Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland
may contact Dr. Sharon Ottey at email@example.com regarding partnerships
and sponsorship opportunities to join with others and expand the footprint
and impact of your organization.
About the Honorees
In June 2015
Governor Larry Hogan was diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and by November
16, 2015 he was cancer free. He is specifically being honored because
of his courageous and inspirational fight with cancer that he chose to
go through publically, thus inspiring and motivating Marylanders to push
through the obstacles. Additionally, he used the power of his office as
Governor to make three statewide proclamations declaring September both
Blood Cancer Awareness Month and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, as
well as to continue to designate October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Senator Barbara Mikulski has been a staunch advocate for the National Institutes of Health in support
of health research and innovation. She has co-sponsored several bills
during her time as a Senator including the
21st Century Women’s Health Act of 2015, which allows the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award
grants for family planning service projects, expansion of family planning
preventive health services, and training of nurse practitioners specializing
in women’s health care, as well as the
Improving Access to Mental Health Act of 2015, which improves seniors’ access to behavioral health services by
updating the way the Medicare program reimburses clinical social workers.
She is being honored for her tireless work to make this nation healthier for all!
Influenced by his wife’s battle with dementia,
County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, has worked relentlessly to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease
and his family’s public sharing of the toll that this disease takes
on the patient and those who love them. He has been very public about
their personal journey and this has served as a role model for caregivers
and a testimony of true love. In May of 2016 the Alzheimer’s Association
of the National Capital Area honored Executive Baker, III at the Association’s
annual “Brain Ball” for his outreach, advocacy, and support.
Maryland CouncilmanObie Patterson is a staunch supporter of FWMC and hosts the yearly Prince George’s
County Community Health Fair that provides onsite health care services
to over 1,000 attendees including medical, dental, and vision screenings.
His commitment to a healthy Prince George’s County is steadfast
and he is an example of an elected official who remains dedicated to the
health of his constituents and we do so honor his work.
Other honorees to be selected after the open nomination process.