Hos­pi­tal event aims to re­move dis­par­i­ties

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES jclinkscales@somd­news.com

The Fort Wash­ing­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter hosted its in­au­gu­ral gala Satur­day at the Gay­lord Ho­tel and Con­ven­tion Cen­ter at Na­tional Har­bor to honor the out­stand­ing achieve­ments, com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion of health pro­fes­sion­als, com­mu­nity and civic lead­ers, politi­cians as well as var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions who have and are mak­ing an im­pact in Prince Ge­orge’s County in the ar­eas of health aware­ness, ac­cess or care.

The black-tie event, themed “All Hands on Deck: Col­lab­o­rat­ing for a Health­ier Com­mu­nity,” was set to not only be a cel­e­bra­tion, but also an in­spi­ra­tion. It aimed to bring aware­ness to health dis­par­i­ties in Mary­land and mo­ti­vate the hun­dreds of at­ten­dees to be­come more en­gaged and strive for im­proved health­care for all, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on de­creas­ing in­equities that ex­ist based on so­cioe­co­nomic, age, race and gen­der de­mo­graph­ics, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

“It’s a part­ner­ship with the com­mu­nity, our hos­pi­tal and also our elected of­fi­cials in the fight against health­care dis­par­i­ties,” Nexus Health In­terim Pres­i­dent and CEO Regi­nald A. Jones said in an in­ter­view. “We have dis­par­i­ties when it comes to our com­mu­nity get­ting ac­cess to medicine, get­ting ed­u­cated about treat­ment op­tions and also to pro­vid­ing health­care for our com­mu­nity when needed. This is ac­tu­ally a ben­e­fit fundraiser and the fundraiser is meant to help ren­o­vate our pa­tient rooms. … We have an ini­tia­tive to mod­ern­ize our hos­pi­tal in the next cou­ple of years. This is just one of many steps in mov­ing in that di­rec­tion.”

County and state politi­cians who were hon­ored with the Trailblazers in Health Award

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