Washington Health Foundation Recognizes Heroes Striving to Make Washington the Healthiest State in the Nation

On Thursday, May 5, 2005, the Washington Health Foundation will host its 6th Annual Heroes of Health Care Awards Banquet.


On Thursday, May 5, 2005, the Washington Health Foundation will host its 6th Annual Heroes of Health Care Awards Banquet. Awards are based on the recipients’ contribution toward making the people of Washington the healthiest in the nation. The annual event celebrates leadership, innovation, collaboration and diversity in building healthy systems and promoting healthy living.

The 2005 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT award will be presented to Treuman Katz, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center.

This year’s awards event will publicly recognize the efforts of three entities that have made extraordinary efforts that lead to better health for the people of Washington State.

Award recipients are as follows:

The 2005 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT award will be presented to Treuman Katz, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center. During his 26 years of leadership, his vision and guidance contributed substantially to the improved access and quality of care for the children of Washington State.

The HEALTHY SYSTEMS award will be going to Clallam Citizens for Dental Health. This Port Angeles group is being recognized and applauded for their collaborative efforts to identify, create and support “Healthy Systems” in dental care.

The HEALTHY LIVING award recipient will be Elizabeth Thomas. Elizabeth R. Thomas, BSN, MN, ARNP — an inductee in to the Washington State Nurses Association “Hall of Fame”, Elizabeth is an avid community advocate for all youth and their families. She is being lauded for the myriad of programs and initiatives she has initiated or collaborated on that have all contributed toward “Healthy Living.”

For more information on the Heroes of Health Care Awards Banquet, including summaries of the award recipients’ work, or to reserve your spot as a member of the media, please contact Heather Pitre 206-577-1848 or HeatherP@whf.org.

Making Washington State and its communities the healthiest in the nation is the vision of the Washington Health Foundation. Through policy leadership, grantmaking, and direct-service programs, WHF works to advance healthy systems and promote healthy living for the people of Washington.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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