More than 200 people came together Wednesday to honor 20 Heath Care Hero award winners in Columbia. (Photo/Kim McManus)
Published Oct. 4, 2012
More than 200 business and community leaders came together Wednesday night to honor 20 Heath Care Hero award winners.
The annual event recognizes people in the Midlands who have a passion for health care and compassion for patients.
Winners were announced during a dinner at the Columbia Marriott in seven categories: community outreach, first responders, health care professional, health care researcher, nurse, physician and volunteer.
Winners included a West Columbia policeman who put his own safety at risk to help an injured motorist, a doctor who went the extra mile to help a teenage rape victim, and a 94-year-old volunteer who continues to use her musical skills to enrich the lives of others.
Health Care Hero: Saundra Glover, USC Arnold School of Public Health
Finalist: Ava Dean, Palmetto Health
Finalist: Harvey Galloway, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation
Augusta Fulmer was named the Health Care Hero in the volunteer category. (Photo/Kim McManus)
Health Care Hero: Brian McDowell, West Columbia Police Department
Finalist: James Hendley, Richland County EMS
Finalist: Paul Pinckney, Columbia Police Department
Health Care Professional
Health Care Hero: Lathran Woodard, S.C. Primary Health Care Association
Finalist: Vince Ford, Palmetto Health
Finalist: Jan Merling, USC Arnold School of Public Health
Health Care Hero: Dawn Pender, S.C. Center for Fathers and Families
Finalist: Peggy Cornwell, The Free Medical Clinic
Finalist: Lisa Davis, ECPI University
Health Care Hero: Dr. Leland McElveen, S.C. Oncology Associates
Finalist: Dr. Anna Kathryn Rye, USC Pediatrics
Finalist: Dr. Gail Whitman-Elia, Advanced Fertility
Health Care Hero: Augusta Fulmer, Still Hopes
Finalist: Bill Duda, Ogletree Deakins
Finalist: Matthew Dunkin, The Free Medical Clinic
Health Care Researcher
Health Care Hero: Dr. Steve Blair, USC Arnold School of Public Health
Finalist: Dr. Victor Hirth, Palmetto Health