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Mar. 24,  2011

Emory Healthcare Honors 2011 Second Century Award Recipients

Atlanta - Emory Healthcare has announced the recipients of the 2011 Second Century Award winners during its sixth annual awards presentation and dinner event at the Atlanta History Center.  

Each year, Emory presents Second Century Awards to individuals who have provided leadership and dedication to advancing the possibilities at Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown. These honorees are selected for their significant impact on the care of countless Atlanta citizens, as nominated by Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown supporters and previous award recipients.  

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 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. This year is especially unique because recipients do not include only individuals – but scores of men and women representing a rich history of support and timely gifts provided at both Emory hospitals – the beloved Auxilians.   

The Wadley R. Glenn Award (Emory University Hospital Midtown)

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.  

Receiving the 2011 Wadley R. Glenn, MD, Award for Emory University Hospital Midtown:

Ann Davidson Critz, MD

Dr. Critz’s 30 years at Emory University Hospital Midtown, where she serves as Chief of Pediatrics and Medical Director of Nurseries, have engendered a lot of birthdays. She has cared for hundreds of premature infants. Yet her stories are peppered with recollections of individuals like “teensy little Annabel” or the man who recognized her on the street as the doctor who saved his child’s life 25 years prior.  

Critz, who received her medical degree from the University of Mississippi – her native state – in 1969, credits Alfred W. Brann Jr. MD, with inspiring her and helping her succeed. He mentored her as an intern and then as a neonatal fellow in the late 1970’s. Dr. Brann spearheaded Angel II Neonatal Transport, a special mobile neonatal intensive care unit that has been under Critz’s direction for many years. Brann’s idea of bringing in and training nurse practitioners also has flourished under Critz’s leadership. There are now 30 working in the three Emory Neonatal Intensive Care Units, and Critz insists that they “anticipate and think” as they care for babies following the Emory Neonatology best practice guidelines.  

As an associate professor of Neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics and founder of a neonatology conference, now in its 18th year, she spreads her philosophy of teamwork and family-centered neonatal care. “We means everyone,” she says.  

Emory University Hospital Midtown Auxiliary

The auxiliary has a rich history. During World War II, Red Cross volunteers supported nurses and physicians at the hospital by carrying out all sorts of tasks: changing linens and bandages, delivering mail, and rocking babies. After the war, many of these women were eager to continue their service. In 1954, Margaret Clements, who would become the auxiliary’s first president, gathered 32 volunteers for an organizational meeting of the Crawford W. Long Hospital Auxiliary. Their purpose then was as it is now: to serve patients and families, complementing the work of care teams throughout the hospital. “We just want them to know we care and that they can turn to us and try to find an answer for anything they need,” said Becky Stephens, past president and current treasurer of the auxiliary. Through the years, it has become clear that the role of the auxiliary is not just complementary; it’s crucial. Hospital Chief Operating Officer Dane Peterson, says “We really couldn’t do without our Auxiliary.”  

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).  

Receiving the 2011 Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award for Emory University Hospital:  

Stephen D. Clements Jr., MD

Steve Clements is known by all who have worked with, trained under, or been treated by him as a superb clinician and teacher. It is hard to say which list is longer: his list of admirers or his list of accomplishments. Clements, who grew up in Woodbury, Georgia, earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He went on to receive his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1966 – where he was voted the “physician’s physician” by his senior classmates – and then completed his residency at Grady Memorial Hospital, later serving as Chief Resident and completing his fellowship in cardiology at Emory. As a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, he earned the Army CommendationMedal for Meritorious Service. He joined the faculty of the Emory School of Medicine in 1973. Clements’ dedication has garnered much attention.  

He has been named one of the “Top Doctors in Atlanta” for nine of the last ten years by Atlanta Magazine and has twice been named one of the best doctors in America. In 2007 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia chapter of the American College of Cardiology. This past year, Clements became the first recipient of the R. Harold Harrison Endowed Chair in Cardiology. Such chairs recognize extraordinary achievements and leadership and are the most prestigious of named academic positions.  

Emory University Hospital Auxiliary

Each day at Emory University Hospital (EUH), a team of dedicated volunteers works quietly behind the scenes to support and comfort patients and families, who often are facing challenging times. These members of the Emory University Hospital Auxiliary, known for their blue jackets and welcoming smiles, contribute to healing in many ways. And they have served the hospital community for many years. For them, the auxiliary is a career – a calling – and they are as devoted to the hospital as the professional staff. Beyond thousands of hours of selfless service each year, auxiliary gifts to Emory University Hospital have come from gift shop proceeds and from individual members making their own contributions to strengthen the hospital they love.  

Auxiliary gifts have funded projects on virtually every floor of Emory University Hospital, including major improvements to enhance family waiting areas, the purchase of special clinical equipment, and renovation of the hospital chapel. The auxiliary was created in 1913 to support Wesley Memorial Hospital, Emory’s forerunner. Renamed the Emory University Hospital Auxiliary in 1959, it has been central to the life of the hospital for nearly 100 years. Auxilian Peggy Norton has devoted 30 years to volunteering in Emory Hospital. She and her auxiliary co-workers are proud of their accomplishments. “It’s our way of giving and caring as ambassadors. We wouldn’t trade it for the world.”  

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

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