The Golisano Foundation will present its 2012 Leadership Awards for Exemplary Healthcare Services to six local health care professionals who are recognized for their work to improve healthcare and access to care for people with intellectual disabilities, officials said.
Thomas Golisano, founder and chairman of the Golisano Foundation, will present the awards at the 2012 Leadership Awards Luncheon on Oct. 18 at the Rochester Plaza Hotel & Conference Center. Tim Shriver, chairman and CEO of Special Olympics International will give the keynote speech at the ceremony.
All of this year’s honorees served as clinical directors for the Special Olympics, providing care to athletes at health screenings as part of the Healthy Athletes program, foundation officials noted.
The recipients are:
- Maricelle Abayon, Eastman Institute for Oral Health
- Joseph Carbone, Rochester Foot Care Associates
- Lisa DeLucia, Eastman Institute for Oral Health
- Mary Kate Gedro, University of Rochester Medical Center
- Mark Orlando, University of Rochester Medical Center
- Amy Pete, University of Rochester Medical Center
All the honorees will receive a Tiffany crystal award and a $5,000 donation made by the Golisano Foundation to the charity of their choice that helps people with intellectual disabilities.
“By recognizing those who have led the way and demonstrated their dedication to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, we hope to improve access and health care,” said Ann Costello, Golisano Foundation director. “The individuals we are honoring have promoted acceptance, dignity and inclusion in their work, and they value people with intellectual disabilities as people who can contribute and be a vital part of the community. As more people become educated, more involved, we are confident that improved health policies and programs will follow.”
News of the awards follows Golisano’s announcement that he will make a $12 million gift to Special Olympics International to expand health care services for people with intellectual disabilities.
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