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NYAM’s 20th Annual Gala, “Healthy Cities, Healthy World” Honors Dr. Jeremiah Barondess, Dr. Thomas Morris, and eCaring

 Robert Herzog, James Flynn, Kerianne Flynn, Dr. Jeremiah Barondess, Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, Dr. Thomas Morris, Dr. George Thibault

NYAM welcomed over 300 guests to the Pierre Hotel for its 20th Annual Gala on June 16, 2014. The event, “Healthy Cities, Healthy World,” celebrated NYAM’s continued commitment to advancing the health of people in cities. The Gala also honored companies and organizations that use technology to improve health, particularly among older adults. Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, and lively music from Ballin’ the Jack, as well as magic, themed drinks, and a decadent dessert buffet. This year’s dedicated Gala Chairs were James and Kerianne Flynn.

One of the highlights of the evening was this year’s Gala video, which shows how we build on our legacy and its lessons to tackle some of today's most challenging health problems.

Special guests included Acting Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker of the New York State Department of Health, Commissioner Donna Corrado and Deputy Commissioner Karen Resnick of the New York City Department for the Aging, President Ram Raju of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

“Since tonight is our 20th Gala, we are both honoring the past while welcoming the future,” said Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, NYAM President.

NYAM honored the past by recognizing the contributions of two of its esteemed past leaders. NYAM Chairman Emeritus Thomas Morris, MD received the Distinguished Service Award for his longtime commitment to and leadership of the Board of Trustees and his lifetime of service to the New York medical community. Dr. Boufford presented Dr. Morris with a rare 3rd edition copy of Sir William Osler’s famous medical textbook, The Principles and Practice of Medicine.

“Tom’s knowledge and counsel have been invaluable to our growth and success at NYAM, and I personally value our years of working together,” Dr. Boufford said. “He always acts with the highest integrity and right balance of toughness and diplomacy, and it’s our privilege to honor him tonight.”

NYAM President Emeritus Jeremiah Barondess, MD received the Urban Health Champion Award for his leadership and long tenure as the Academy’s first full time President, during which time he established NYAM’s profile and thought leadership in urban health. He established the Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies, which conducted research on HIV/AIDS and other critical health issues, and the Journal of Urban Health, which remains an important publication in epidemiology and public health.

“He is in fact the prototype of a gentleman and a scholar. He is a doctor’s doctor, a teacher’s teacher, and he’s a dear friend to me,” said George Thibault, MD, Interim Chair of the NYAM Board of Trustees.

Dr. Barondess reflected on his work as President of NYAM: “Although health challenges of almost every kind are concentrated in cities, and although the deep determinants of health and disease and disparities in both lie primarily in the social circumstances of people and are most glaring in cities, there was no sense of urban health as a community of effort, or a field of inquiry, or of application, or of scholarship, or of policy. And so we undertook to do that and to define all that as a field.”

Dr. George Thibault, Dr. Jeremiah Barondess, Dr. Thomas Morris

NYAM presented the Corporate Leadership Award to eCaring for its innovative technology supporting the management of health at home.  eCaring’s easy-to-use home health management tool allows individuals and their caregivers to closely monitor their health and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations.

“Our corporate honoree is a particularly outstanding example of using technology to empower individuals and their caregivers to manage their illness,” Dr. Boufford said.

eCaring CEO Robert Herzog accepted the award, citing his mother Grace as his inspiration: “As my mother Grace grew older, she fought fiercely to live life on her own terms, and that was at home. We are privileged and honored that the Academy is recognizing the tireless work of our eCaring team and helping propel us on our journey to enable the tens of millions of America’s Graces to live with better care and lower costs in the place they most want to be—their home.”

Dr. Boufford also acknowledged two nonprofit organizations and NYAM partners whose work provides examples of how technology is transforming public health and health care: HITE: Health Information Tool for Empowerment, developed by the Greater New York Hospital Foundation, and Older Adults Technology Services (OATS).

 eCaring CEO Robert Herzog and Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford

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Posted on June 19, 2014

Gina Ravosa
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