MMA And MMA Foundation Present Awards

[MMA News Now, April 10, 2014] The MMA and MMA Foundation (MMAF) have presented their annual quality, community service and excellence in medical journalism awards. 

On April 5, the MMA and MMAF presented Tim Hernandez, M.D., with its Physician Leadership in Quality Award. Hernandez leads the quality efforts at Entira Family Clinics, an independent 12-clinic practice in the St. Paul area.

MMA CEO Robert Meiches, M.D. (left),
presents Tim Hernandez, M.D., with
the PhysicianLeadership in Quality Award.

In presenting the award to Hernandez, MMA CEO Robert Meiches, M.D., noted his longstanding involvement in quality efforts at both Entira and with various state groups including the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, the Minnesota Community Measures Committee and the Community Health Network. Hernandez has also been involved with the Consultation for Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders Task Force, and the Health Care Reform Baskets of Care Subcommittee on OB Care.

“It is also apparent from his involvement - indeed his leadership - in Minnesota's quality improvement efforts, that he is also dedicated to making sure that every patient receives the best quality care that we, as a community, know how to give,” Meiches said.

On April 3, the MMA and MMAF presented Brian Sick, M.D., its Community Service Award for his work with the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic in south Minneapolis. Since 2007, Sick has acted as the free clinic’s medical director, volunteering his time to guide students as they work to fulfill the clinic's mission: to provide accessible, culturally appropriate and high quality health care to those in need, and to cultivate compassionate health care leaders.

“Dr. Sick embodies the principles held dear by the MMA Foundation, a responsibility to participate in activities for the improvement of the community and the betterment of public health, access to medical care for all people, and encouragement and support for students in the health professions,” said Dennis Kelly, MMAF’s CEO, at the presentation ceremony.

On April 1, KSTP-TV reporter Naomi Pescovitz received the Excellence in Medical Journalism Award for a story the ABC affiliate aired in April 2013. The story concerned a team of doctors at the University of Minnesota (including MMA member John Wagner) that completed a landmark procedure, hoping to save a 12-year-old's life by curing him of HIV and Leukemia. Pescovitz interviewed the doctors before and after a cord blood transplant.

Each year, the MMA and the MMAF recognize Minnesota physicians for their work in the community and on quality efforts. The groups also recognize a print or broadcast journalist who has demonstrated excellence in communicating with the public on a topic related to medicine.

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