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Dr. Clyde Yancy speaks from the heart at the Humanitarian Awards Program

Clyde Yancy, MD, chief of cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and magerstadt professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, served as keynote speaker for the Humanitarian Awards

Last week, Northwestern Medicine administrators, staff and physicians paused to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the 34th Humanitarian Awards. Held at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the annual program serves to acknowledge not only Dr. King’s legacy, but also the fundamental social changes that he helped assemble. During the event, three members of the Northwestern Medicine family were recognized for exemplifying the ideals and humanitarianism of Dr. King.

Clyde Yancy, MD, chief of cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and magerstadt professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, served as keynote speaker for the Humanitarian Awards and recognized the contributions of the recipients. “I’m extremely humbled and proud to have been asked to be the keynote speaker for such a prestigious event,” said Yancy. “We use this day to celebrate those who go beyond self and become selfless. These three recipients have amazing souls that care for others and do so in the context of Martin Luther King’s birthday. What a great way to celebrate.”

The 2013 Humanitarian Award Recipients were:

  • Betty Hopkins - Sterile Processing Technician in Central Sterile Supply at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
    Hopkins was recognized for going out of of her way to provide care for a child with major health challenges. Her donation of time allows the child's parents to work and support their  three children.  Hopkins also supports a food bank and sings in her church choir.
     
  • Erica E. Marsh, MD - Reproductive Endocrinologist, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    Marsh co-founded the Northwestern Medicine Scholars Program at Westinghouse College Prep, which offers students a head start on careers in medicine through live surgery broadcasts, mentoring, lectures, tours and other hands-on learning experiences.
     
  • Amy Ross - Operations Manager, Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
    Ross works with the Glass Slipper Project, which provides prom dresses and accessories for girls in the Chicagoland area who wouldn’t otherwise be able to purchase one for their big event.

During his remarks, Yancy reflected on Dr. King’s lasting impact and how his memory continues to drive our society. “The fabric that holds us together requires legislative, civic, social and spiritual ties that we ought to constantly reinforce, embrace and acknowledge,” said Yancy. “We need MLK Day. It makes us humble, it makes us aware, and it makes us understand. This is a day when we celebrate our differences and meld together our diversity.”

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