The Virginia Community Healthcare Association has announced its annual award winners. The purpose of the awards is to recognize outstanding and extraordinary work on behalf of and within Virginia’s Community Health Centers. Johnson Health Center received two of the six awards given: The Tony Lawson Special Recognition Award and Volunteer of the Year.
The Tony Lawson Special Recognition Award
Gary Campbell, CEO | Johnson Health Center | Lynchburg, Virginia
This award recognizes an outstanding staff person of a member organization or of the Virginia Community Healthcare Association who is a non-provider or non-volunteer, for their extraordinary efforts in support of the organization’s overall mission.
Through thoughtful and skilled leadership and genuine caring and concern for patients and staff, Gary worked with his health center’s board and staff to create a common vision for improving the health center. Through his visionary leadership, the health center’s patient population increased 15%. The number of patients seeking care to manage diabetes, starting their pre-natal care in their first trimester, and delivering babies using health center physicians also significantly increased. The dental program at the health center logged a 62% increase in dental patients.
In addition to the patient and financial gains, under Gary’s leadership this organization was designated an “Employer of Choice”, the very first community health center in the nation to receive this prestigious award.
Said Paul Kopack, Director of Human Resources who along with other staff nominated Gary for this award,“Gary Campbell is a very rare individual and leader. He is visionary and sets ambitious goals for both himself and our organization. He is a genuinely caring person and has a great appreciation for both our patients and staff. We are privileged to have such an outstanding individual as our leader.”
Volunteer of the Year
Winnie Schamerhorn | Johnson Health Center | Lynchburg, Virginia
This award recognizes an outstanding board member, unpaid staff member, or an individual other than board or unpaid staff who has served voluntarily to promote community health care.
Before her health center had a pharmacy, the entire Medication Assistance Program (MAP), except for its director was totally manned by volunteers. For sixteen years Ms. Schamerhorn has shown up nearly every week allowing her health center’s MAP program to thrive. Many health center patients would not have been able to receive their medications without her. She has participated in all of the steps of the process from computer ordering and verification to calling the patients to let them know their medications are ready for pick-up. She has made it possible for many thousands of patients to receive their medications on a timely basis. Because of her, the health center’s program has had continuity allowing for the continued consistency and efficiency of the program.
Said Harold Wilson, Pharmacy Director of Johnson Health Center, “Health centers depend upon and greatly appreciate their volunteers. For a volunteer to make a commitment for such a long time is extraordinary. Her commitment and belief that the work being done at Johnson Health Center is important, serves as an inspiration to the staff and patients alike.”