Maternal & Family Health Services Announces Award Recipients At 40th Annual Meeting Community Luncheon

Maternal & Family Health Services announces the recipients of several awards from their 40th Annual Meeting Community Luncheon on October 26th, 2011. Congressman Tim Holden received the Outstanding Public Servant Award, Donna Decker of Wayne Memorial Hospital received the Outstanding Community Partner Award, and Ron and Suzanne Hillard of The Hope Center were given the Rose Allan Tucker Award. MFHS thanks all of this year's recipients for their dedication to the health of the women, children and families of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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Anne Gober, MFHS Senior Operations Manager for Schuylkill County, presents the MFHS Outstanding Public Servant Award to Bill Hanley, Projects Director for Congressman Tim Holden (D-17th).

These awards recognize members of the community and MFHS’ partners for their outstanding work and commitment to the women, children and families of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Wilkes-Barre, PA (PRWEB) November 29, 2011

Maternal & Family Health Services (MFHS) is proud to announce the recipients of the Outstanding Public Servant Award, the Outstanding Community Partner Award, and the Rose Allan Tucker Award which were presented at its 40th Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and Community Luncheon on October 26th. 2011. The awards recognize members of the community and MFHS’ partners for their outstanding work and commitment to the women, children and families of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The MFHS 2011 Outstanding Public Service award was presented to Congressman Tim Holden. Congressman Holden represents people MFHS serves in the Schuylkill County and Berks County area. The Outstanding Public Service award is in recognition of Congressman Holden’s dedication to improving health care for Pennsylvania families. MFHS is especially grateful for Congressman Holden’s leadership in supporting the WIC Nutrition Program as part of the Agriculture Committee, and for voting to protect access to reproductive health care for low income and uninsured women. Congressman Holden was not able to accept the award in person at the MFHS 40th Annual Meeting because he was in Washington. Bill Hanley, Projects Director for Holden’s office, accepted the award on Holden’s behalf, and extends best wishes to MFHS in celebration of 40 years of service.

The 2011 Outstanding Community Partner Award was presented to Donna Decker, Community Health Manager for Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, in recognition of her work to create essential partnerships that connect people to programs and services, encourage healthy living, and build a stronger community. Donna’s efforts on behalf of the Wayne Memorial Hospital include participation in the State Health Improvement Plan, the Prevention Initiative, the Well Weighs Project, and tobacco free initiatives. MFHS is especially grateful for her efforts on behalf of the Together for Health School Program, which brings important healthy living information to adolescents.

Maternal & Family Health Services presented the Rose Allan Tucker Award to Ron and Suzanne Hillard, founders of The Hope Center in Trucksville, Pennsylvania. Named for the late Rose Allan Tucker, former Luzerne County Commissioner and long-time employee of MFHS, the award is presented annually to a person(s) who has made a significant and lasting contribution to enhance the quality of life for women, children and families in any area of the 16-county region served by MFHS. The Hillards were recognized for their efforts to help people in need of medical care through The Hope Center, which they started with their own seed money to offer free medical, legal, pastoral and other resources to people in need. Ron and Suzanne Hillard recruited volunteers from the medical, legal and counseling fields to provide these services. In accepting the award, Ron Hillard thanked all the professionals who volunteer their time to serve the people who visit The Hope Center.

Maternal and Family Health Services is a non-profit health and social service agency celebrating 40 years of service to Pennsylvania women, children and families. The agency oversees a network of health and nutrition centers in 16 Pennsylvania counties, serving over 125,000 people each year through the following programs: Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program; Family Planning Program; Healthy Beginnings Plus Prenatal Program; the Nurse-Family Partnership Program and the HealthyWoman Cancer Screening Program. For more information, visit http://www.mfhs.org, or call 1-800-367-6347.

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