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    Atlanta VA Medical Center Awarded Vanguard Award During 5th Annual Gloster Recognition Dinner

    Atlanta VA Medical Center Awarded Vanguard Award During 5th Annual Gloster Recognition Dinner

    April 4, 2012
    Media Contact: Rosalyn Barnes
    Phone: (404) 752-1735
    Email: rbarnes@msm.edu

    The Louis C. Brown Vanguard Award was presented the Atlanta Veteran Affairs Medical Center Tuesday evening, April 3, 2012. During his acceptance speech, Mr. Tom Grace, Acting Director of the Atlanta VA, accepted the award on behalf of “our troops - and their families - at home and abroad, and all our wounded Soldiers and Veterans who make it clear to all of us that “Freedom is not free.”

    During the recognition dinner, named after Hugh M. Gloster, more than 400 guests were treated to a live performance from singer Phil Perry; and brief presentations from faculty members, Dr. Ketema Paul, and Dr. Ed Childs. Dr. Paul is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology, and Dr. Childs is a professor, the Director of the Institution’s Residency Program, and Morehouse School of Medicine’s Chairman of Surgery.

    The Gloster Dinner is held annually to recognize and thank the members of the Gloster Society. The Society was established to help grow philanthropy and to enhance knowledge of exceptional generosity to the Institution’s Annual Fund. Annual gifts to the Fund support student scholarships, the library, and classroom and technology enhancements.

    Past recipients of the Vanguard Award are:

    2012 – Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
    2011 – M. Delmar Edwards M.D. (Posthumously); Donna Highland, CEO and President, on behalf of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; and former Judge, Douglas C. Pullen, Superior Courts Chattahoochee Judicial Court.
    2010 – The 18th U.S. Surgeon General, Regina M. Benjamin’89, M.D.
    2009 – A.D. “Pete” Correll, chairman, Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation and retired chairman of Georgia Pacific Corporation; Michael B. Russell, member of the Board, Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation and CEO, H.J. Russell & Company.

    About the Gloster Society:
    In 2007, we launched the Hugh M. Gloster Society. Named in honor of one of MSMs esteemed founders and late president of Morehouse College, the Gloster Society was established to help grow philanthropy and to enhance our knowledge of exceptional generosity to the Annual Fund. Annual gifts support student scholarships, the library, and classroom and technology enhancements. Since 2007, approximately 300 individuals, corporations, and foundations have become members of the Gloster Society.

    About the Vanguard Award:
    The Vanguard Award, named after Louis C. Brown, MD, an Atlanta internist, is presented annually to an individual(s) whose pioneering spirit and demonstrated leadership have impacted issues of health disparities in Georgia and the nation. In 1969, Louis C. Brown, an Atlanta internist and later president of the Georgia Medical Association, launched the idea for a medical program at one of the Atlanta University schools. Brown had been a member of a task force that released a study documenting the need to train more African American physicians to serve disenfranchised African-American communities in urban and rural areas. He encouraged Morehouse College to consider starting a medical education program and lobbied for the idea in Washington. D.C.