Each year, Kaiser Permanente recognizes and celebrates employees and physicians who champion outstanding volunteer activities and initiatives to improve the health of our communities, as winners of the national David Lawrence Community Service Award (DLCSA). The award is named in honor of David M. Lawrence, MD, former chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, and a lifelong advocate for improving health.
In 2015, for the first time in the award’s 13-year history, all seven regions of Kaiser Permanente are represented by 14 winners of the DLCSA. Winners were ratified by the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals boards of directors at their December 2015 meeting. Kaiser Permanente will make a $10,000 charitable contribution on behalf of each winner, to the nonprofit organization of his or her choice.
The 14 winners represent a wide diversity of experiences and backgrounds, and include employees and physicians, and individuals and teams. Winners were selected because their service has demonstrated a significant contribution to the overall health of a community or population. Their commitments are to health and social issues, including increasing access to health care for the underserved, eliminating disparities in health outcomes of racial and ethnic minorities, addressing the social determinants of health, and being strong stewards of natural resources.
“The work of the David Lawrence Community Service Award nominees and winners not only mirrors our community benefit priorities, it also embodies an idea of total health by addressing mind, body, and spirit,” said Raymond Baxter, PhD, senior vice president, Community Benefit, Health Policy and Research.
Each of the winners will be recognized and celebrated in his or her respective region, as well as in a national ceremony in May.
The winners of the 2015 David Lawrence Community Service Awards are:
- Bruce Evans, MD: Developed a program that provides free helmets and safety education to students in Title 1 schools in the Denver metropolitan area. Also a founder of a nonprofit, free camp for kids with cancer.
- Sam Wood, Arts Integration Youth Engagement supervisor: Provided thousands of hours to many youth-oriented organizations to ensure Colorado youth, including the most disadvantaged, maximize their potential.
- Scott Pugel, MD: Involved in community health work in Haiti for more than a decade.
- Erica Reynolds, RN: Camp counselor and head nurse for youth who have been abused and neglected.
- Ben Tamura, MD: Medical director for the Polynesian Voyaging Society for 24 years.
- Keiki Passenger Safety Program: A group of Kaiser Permanente employees and physicians delivering child car seat safety inspections, outreach, and family and community education.
- Peggy Kane, Oncology nurse: Participates with a number of cancer-focused non-profits.
- Terrence Dupree, associate account manager, and Anthony Morrison, underwriting manager: Volunteers for the African-American Professional Association and African-American Health Program of Montgomery County.
- Diane Sklar, MD: Decades of international service providing ob-gyn surgeries for women in need, teaching residents, as well as championing local community service.
- Kathy Gallagher, MD: Travels abroad to provide pediatric reconstructive surgeries to kids who would otherwise not have access to these services, and teaches camping, hiking, first aid, and self-reliance to Bay Area girls.
- Sharon Meieran, MD: Years of childhood advocacy and community health work.
- Alison Bahr, MD: Serves with the Villages NW, which supports individuals with disabilities or advancing age.
- Nathan Le, MD: Participates in a number of multiple surgical missions with Project Vietnam Foundation.
- Joseph Oloimooja, spiritual care manager: Responsible for providing clean water to a Kenyan village.