Hospital event aims to remove disparities
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