The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) today honored 31 physicians for their leadership and commitment to advancing the mission of the public hospital system and to providing safe, efficient, quality healthcare to New Yorkers. The awards were presented at the annual HHC National Doctors’ Day ceremony to a diverse group of physicians from every borough who vary in age, education, years of service, and represent a variety of specialties from cardiology and pediatrics, to primary care and emergency medicine.
“The individuals we honor today are driving performance improvements across our hospitals and health centers, and are helping to make HHC a national model of safe, efficient, and patient-centered health care delivery,” said HHC President Alan D. Aviles. “They represent the remarkable talent among the several thousand HHC doctors who are committed to excellence and deeply care about our mission to serve New Yorkers regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status.”
Among the Doctors’ Day Award winners is a group of seven primary care community physicians who represent HHC’s growing relationship with doctors who serve outside the public hospital system and work closely to manage care to HHC patients. These doctors have embraced and advanced HHC programs to improve patient safety and the effective treatment of chronic diseases in children and adults, such as asthma and diabetes. The HHC Doctors’ Day honorees from Harlem are:
Maurice Wright, M.D., Harlem Hospital Center Medical Directors – for outstanding leadership and for providing clear direction and stability for clinical staff in challenging times.
James King, D.D.S., Harlem Hospital Center
National Doctors’ Day, observed on March 30, dates back to 1933 and marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery. In 1991, National Doctors’ Day was established by Congress to show appreciation for the contributions of physicians to increase scientific knowledge of treating disease, and for the work they do to apply modern and patient-centered methods to improve healthcare and patient well-being.
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