The 2017 Health Care Heroes
It was time for standing ovations, music and more than a few teary-eyed moments as the Fort Worth Business Press honored the 2017 Health Care Heroes Wednesday night at the Fort Worth Club.
The 2017 Hope Award went to Sonny Burgess of Cook Children’s Medical Center, a musician who helps patients at the hospital record music as part of their therapy.
One of the patients, Tori Pence, sang a song she had written with Burgess during her long struggle against an illness while in the hospital.
“Every time I think about it,” she sang, “I panic because I don’t want it to happen again.”
Speaking to the crowd, Pence said of Burgess: “To say he’s my hero is an understatement.”
Also bringing tears was the story of Fort Worth Police Officer Damon Cole, who in his spare time appears as superheroes to very ill children to bring them hope and joy.
There will be stories on all the Heroes in the Feb. 20 edition of the Fort Worth Business Press and more information and a video from the event on the Business Press website soon.
For more information on the Health Care Heroes contact Lauren Vay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-336-8300 x 100.
The annual Health Care Heroes Awards recognizes excellence in the medical community – excellence practiced by physicians, administrators and volunteers alike.
To see photos from the event, click here.
2017 Hope Award – Sonny Burgess, Cook Children’s Health Care System
Debbie Boudreaux, Cook Children’s Teddy Bear Transport Team
Randy Brown, MD, Texas Family Medicine
Paul M. Celestin, John Peter Smith Hospital
Richard Chu, DO, CHU EYE INSTITUTE
Robert Chu, OD, EYEWORKS GROUP
George F. Cravens, MD, FAANS, FACS, The Center for Neurological Disorders
Damon Cole, Heroes and Cops Against Childhood Cancer and Fort Worth Police Department
Joel Hunt, MPAS, PA-C, JPS Health Network
Ken Kirkham, DDS, Fossil Creek Dental Partners
Emily Lund, PhD, CCC-SLP Texas Christian University
Rick McAdoo, Ampcare LLC
Emily B. McLaughlin, MD, FACS, West Magnolia Plastic Surgery
Samir Nangia, MD, FASN, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
Scott Perry, Cook Children’s Health Care System
O. David Taunton, Jr, MD, Texas Orthopedic Specialists, PLLC
Paul Thornton, MD, Cook Children’s Health Care System
Janice Womble, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
Michael Thornsberry, MD, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Teresa Gonzalo, Vertess
The Platinum Sponsor of the event was Kelly, Hart and Hallman.
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