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Health Care Champions for 2021 honored in Jackson

Heath Center Celebrates honorees virtually

JACKSON, MI – Eight individuals were honored during the Virtual Awards Program held by the Center for Family Health. This is the 7th award event, and first to be held virtually. The Center for Family Health is celebrating 30 years of serving the community this year and the awards program is one of the ways they are celebrating that milestone.

Steven Hogwood, Owner of McDonalds received the Georgia Fojtasek Lifetime Health Advocacy Award. Hogwood sits on several community boards including the Center for Family Health. He was recognized for his efforts to promote healthcare for all in the community.

The Social Justice and Health Advocacy Champion (non-elected official) went to Bart and Karen Hawley for their leadership in promoting healthcare through JTV. They have especially taken up the mantle to educate the community around COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.

Gary and Peggy Swartzlander were awarded the CFH Ambassador Award. Both Gary and Peggy volunteer for the Center and are committed to constantly asking what more they can do.

A special partnership award around COVID-19 was presented to Pastor James L. Hines of Lily Missionary Baptist Church. COVID-19 has dominated our life during the past year and half. Pastor Hines has encouraged both his parishioners and the community to get vaccinated so that we can all get back to some sense of normality.

Two staff members of the Center were also recognized for their work. Nate Nimtz received the Health Advocacy Award while Summer Gannon received the Exemplary Customer Service Award. Both individuals received their respective awards for their direct work with patients and exemplifying high standards and professionalism.

“These awards recognize community members and staff who are doing good work to increase access to healthcare,” stated Molly Kaser, CEO and President of the Center for Family Health. “This pandemic has shown that we need to lean on each other more and provide the necessary support for all community members. That is what we do here, and I am so proud of our partners, community supporters and employees who embrace this work. Congratulations to all of the award recipients.” The award program can be viewed by clicking the button below. 

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