Health Care Champion Awards

April 28, 2017

Seven honored by CFH for exceptional commitment to health care advocacy and social justice

JACKSON, MI – Seven award-winners were honored April 27 by the Center for Family Health for their exceptional commitment to health care advocacy and social justice.

More than 200 people gathered at the Country Club of Jackson for the fourth annual Health Care Champions awards, which recognize outstanding contributions by community supporters and CFH employees.

Gerald “Jerry” Grannan received the Georgia Fojtasek Lifetime Health Advocacy Award. Grannan, then a hospital administrator new to Jackson, recruited CFH’s first doctor in the early 1990s. He went on to help guide the Center’s growth as member and leader of the CFH board of directors for more than two decades.

“It was a huge opportunity in Jackson to serve some people who weren’t getting health care,” said Grannan, now senior vice president of a hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  “Of anything I have done in health care, that’s what I am proud of the most.”

Gov. Rick Snyder received the Social Justice and Health Advocacy Award for an elected official. He was honored for his leadership in providing health coverage to 600,000 Michigan residents through the expanded Medicaid program. Snyder was unable to attend, but sent a video message.

“Providing access to quality health care is a goal that should unite us all,” Snyder said. “Health care is not a partisan issue and we all benefit when health care is accessible. The Center for Family Health and other community health centers across the state continue to play a vital role in delivering accessible health care in Michigan and I applaud the work they do each and every day.”

Regina Pinney, executive director of the Nonprofit Network in Jackson, received the Social Justice and Health Advocacy Award for a non-elected official. She was honored for championing Bridges Out of Poverty, which fosters better awareness of problems faced by low-income people.

Hillsdale Hospital won the Corporate Health Advocacy Award for its partnership with the Center for Family Health in bringing a federally qualified health center to Hillsdale in 2015.

Dr. Carroll-Anne Heins, a medical resident in Jackson, received the New Health Professional Award for her community work on the problem of opioid addiction.

Sara Benedetto, Chief Operations Officer, won the Health Advocacy Award for CFH staff for her unwavering devotion to the Center’s mission and its patients. She began working for CFH as an unpaid nurse volunteer in 1991 and rose to leadership in the organization and in the community.

The Center’s Enrollment Department Staff won the Exemplary Customer Service Award. The enrollment staff expertly removes financial roadblocks to care by helping community members sign up for health coverage through Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and the CFH HealthPay program.

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