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

March 18, 2005

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 Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.seattlechildrens.org.

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