Distinguished Community Service Award

Established by United Hospital Fund in 1987, the Distinguished Community Service Award annually recognizes outstanding voluntary leadership of a specific initiative that is improving health and health care in the metropolitan New York area.

The award highlights the vital role of volunteer leadership and volunteer/professional partnerships in meeting specific health care needs, especially for vulnerable and underserved populations. Presentation of the award at the United Hospital Fund’s annual Gala provides broad visibility for personal leadership and draws attention to important initiatives.

Award Criteria

Distinguished Community Service Award recipients are a diverse group, mirroring the New York area’s varied communities, strengths, and challenges, but each one:

  • Plays a clear leadership role in creating or advancing a specific project or initiative of significant impact and benefit, improving the availability, affordability, or quality of health care services in the New York metropolitan area, especially for the disadvantaged, underserved, or uninsured or underinsured;
  • Serves on a voluntary basis, extending well beyond any activity that might be expected in his or her professional position.

Award recipients are selected from each year’s pool of nominees by a jury of health care and volunteer leaders. This year’s honoree will be recognized at UHF’s Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street, Tuesday evening, October 3, 2017.

 

Recent Award Recipients

Scott B. Salmirs (2016)
for addressing the urgent need for increased organ donor awareness and registration in New York, and mobilizing the real estate and building services industries, as a founder of Donate Eight
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Arnold P. Gold, MD (2015)
for significantly changing the culture of medical education and practice and making a profound impact on thousands of health care professionals and the patients and families for whom they provide care
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Jennie L. and Richard K. DeScherer (2014)
for their pioneering leadership of the SLE Lupus Foundation and Lupus Research Institute, which care for lupus patients and their families and advances lupus research

 
for her important work, with the CFDA and the New York City AIDS Fund, in the continuing battle against HIV/AIDS
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for her efforts, as founder of the Partnership for Palliative Care, to ensure that all in need of palliative care will receive the comfort and dignity that it can provide
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Edgar Mandeville, MD (2011)
for his pivotal role in shaping the work of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health to alleviate health care disparities
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Earlier Award Recipients

Paula Root and Leon Root, MD (2010)
for her leadership of innovative community-based programs at Visiting Nurse Service of New York, and his founding of the Hospital for Special Surgery's Pediatric Outreach Program
 
J. Ira Harris (2009)
for founding the Harris Obesity Prevention Effort (HOPE) at NYU Langone Medical Center to prevent childhood obesity
 
Rear Admiral Robert A. Rosen (2008)
for creating The Florence and Robert A. Rosen Family Wellness Center for Law Enforcement and Military Personnel and Their Families at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System
 
Charles R. Bronfman (2007)
for establishing the Charles R. Bronfman Institute for Personalized Medicine at The Mount Sinai Medical Center
 
Henry “Hank” Carter (2006)
for his efforts to improve the quality of life of patients and residents of Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility
 
Rocco F. Andriola (2005)
for his efforts to raise public awareness about and participation in lifesaving organ donation
 
John D. Wren (2004)
for his efforts to improve health and wellness in the diverse communities of Brooklyn
 
Eleanor Hammerman (2002)
for her vision and role in establishing the Initiative for Women with Disabilities at the Hospital for Joint Diseases
 
Marie Lam (2000)
for her role as a founder and chair of the Chinatown Health Clinic
 
Brooke Garber Neidich (1999)
for her vision and leadership in creating the NYU Child Study Center
 
Stan Herman (1998)
for his role in leading the fashion industry’s extraordinary response to AIDS and breast cancer
 
Richard Cotton (1997)
for his leadership of the Primary Care Development Corporation, a public-private partnership
 
Alfred B. Engelberg (1996)
for improving primary care services for low-income New Yorkers and primary care training for physicians
 
Elizabeth S. Pforzheimer (1995)
for co-founding New Alternatives for Children, a medical and social service agency for children
 
Eleanor T. Elliott (1994)
for creating New York Hospital’s Women’s Health Symposium, a model educational program
 
James R. Dumpson (1993)
for leading New York City’s municipal hospital system
 
Randolph Guggenheimer (1992)
for ensuring the survival and rebuilding of North General Hospital
 
Suzanne Karpas (1991)
for establishing a community health education and information center on Manhattan’s Lower East Side
 
Irene Diamond (1990)
for supporting AIDS research and developing career opportunities for minorities
 
Nicholas D'Agostino (1989)
for establishing a model HIV treatment program at St. Clare's Hospital and Health Center
 
John V. Waller, MD (1988)
for developing a health promotion and educational curriculum in New York City's public schools
 
Richard R. Shinn (1987)
for bringing his expertise to the challenges facing St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan
 
 
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