News Release: Emory Healthcare

Nov. 16,  2009

Portrait of Second Century Award Winners Unveiled at Emory Hospitals

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Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown recently hosted portrait-unveiling events honoring Second Century Award recipients.

Emory University Hospitals dedicated the portraits of its 2006-2009 Second Century Award winners in the hospitals Whitehead Room. Attendees included Dr. Robert Smith, Billy Warren, Dr. J. Willis Hurst, Dr. Charles Hatcher, Mary Ann Seavey (on behalf of her late husband, Dr. Paul Seavey) and Dr. Clint Lawrence (on behalf of Andrew McKelvey's family). Emory Healthcare President and CEO John T. Fox, and Emory University Hospital Chief Operating Officer Robert Bachman presented remarks.

Emory University Hospital Midtown also dedicated the portraits of its 2006-2009 Second Century Award winners in the Nita and J. Mack Robinson Conservatory. In attendance were legendary Atlanta philanthropists Wilton Looney, J. Mack Robinson and Tom Cousins among others. Emory Healthcare CEO John T. Fox communicated his appreciation for the award winners' leadership and support of the Hospital before unveiling the photographs.

Each year, Emory Healthcare honors two philanthropists and two physicians who have provided leadership and dedication to advancing the possibilities at Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown. The annual event, the Second Century Awards, will be held for the fifth time on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at the Atlanta History Center.

In 2006, Emory Hospitals hosted its first leadership recognition event. There are separate awards for each hospital: the Dr. Wadley R. Glenn Awards at Emory University Hospital Midtown (formerly Emory Crawford Long Hospital) and the Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Awards at Emory University Hospital. For each award, two individuals are recognized for their transformational contributions to each hospital - a volunteer/philanthropist - and a physician.

The Wadley R. Glenn Award

Emory University Hospital Midtown (formerly Emory Crawford Long Hospital) Under the leadership of Wadley R. Glenn, MD, Emory Crawford Long Hospital created Atlanta's first blood bank and first premature baby nursery, a nuclear medicine unit and the Carlyle Fraser Heart Center. A skilled surgeon known for his advocacy of the patient and his commitment to clinical excellence, Glenn became the hospital's second medical director in 1953. His legacy bridges the accomplishments of Emory Crawford Long's founders to the present. His family's generosity made possible the Wadley R. Glenn Chair in Surgery at Emory Crawford Long Hospital.

The Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award

Emory University Hospital As one of the original bottlers of Coca-Cola, Joseph B. Whitehead and his family achieved great business success. Following Whitehead's death at age 41, his widow, Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans (she later remarried), and two sons carried on the family business and quietly joined the ranks of the nation's foremost charitable benefactors. The family's largesse has been a vital part of Emory university Hospital's transformation into a leading medical center for patient care, research and education, as evidenced by the Whitehead Biomedical Research Building, the Joseph B. Whitehead Chair of Surgery and the Conkey Pate Whitehead Surgical Pavilion of Emory university Hospital (includes the Whitehead Memorial Room).

For more information

For more information about the Second Century Awards, please contact Ellen Sacchi, Senior Director of Development, Emory Healthcare at 404-712-4152 or


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