American Heart Association honors top volunteers at annual awards luncheon

June 26, 2014 Categories: Advisories & Comments

DALLAS, June 26, 2014 – The American Heart Association honored several leading volunteers at its annual Awards Luncheon in Dallas on June 25.

The Award of Meritorious Achievement was presented to Dianne Atkins, M.D., Donald Hultgren and Ronald Krauss, M.D. The award recognizes significant accomplishments or projects that affect the association at a national level.

Atkins was recognized for her outstanding service on behalf of the association’s efforts to improve children’s cardiovascular health, particularly in resuscitation science. Atkins, a past chairperson of the association’s Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City.

Hultgren was recognized for his critically important contributions to the association’s Vision for Volunteerism initiative to increase the recruitment and engagement of local volunteer boards. Hultgren is president of Three Part Advisors, LLC, in Southlake, Texas.

Krauss was recognized for his vision and guidance in cardiovascular prevention, and his key role in establishing the association’s Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism (recently renamed the Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health.). Krauss is director of atherosclerosis research and a senior scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.

The Louis B. Russell, Jr. Memorial Award was presented to Maricela Wilson, R.N., B.S.N. The award recognizes an individual who has rendered outstanding service to minority and underserved populations. Wilson, a cardiovascular disease/stroke community outreach coordinator at University Medical Center/Brackenridge in Austin, Texas, was honored for her service as chairperson of the association’s SouthWest Affiliate Health Equity Committee, and her highly effective efforts to expand the association’s outreach in minority communities.

The Healthcare Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Debbie Camp, R.N., B.S.N., M.H.A., CCM, SCRN. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to or achievements in cardiovascular disease and/or stroke patient care or improvements in the quality of healthcare delivery. Camp, a cardiovascular manager at the Atlanta Medical Center, was honored for her ongoing efforts to improve treatment and systems of care for stroke patients in Georgia.

The Physician of the Year Award was presented to Neil Stone, M.D. The award is presented annually to a practicing physician who has rendered outstanding contributions to the accomplishment of the AHA’s mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Stone, the Robert Bonow M.D. Professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, was honored for his nearly three decades of service to advance the association’s initiatives focused on the promotion of healthy lifestyles and cardiovascular risk modification.

The Ron Haddock AHA/ASA International Impact Award was presented to Craig Beam, CRE. The award recognizes important service in support of the association’s international programs. Beam, managing director of CBRE Healthcare Services Group in Newport Beach, Calif., was honored for his volunteer service of nearly 30 years, during which he has worked tirelessly to help the association create substantial and enduring bonds with fellow cardiovascular health organizations around the world. Beam was the association’s chairman of the board in 2002-03.


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