catherine_web.jpgWEST PALM BEACH — The 35th Annual Volunteer Awards recently honored the dedication and commitment volunteers make to better health in Palm Beach County, with this year’s theme, A Royal Thank You Celebration.

The April 12 Florida Health Palm Beach County event at the Airport Hilton in West Palm Beach honored 23 individuals for outstanding service to the community, including C.L. Brumback Volunteer of the Year Award winner Jeanette Ingraham and Volunteer Physician of the Year Robert Phillips, M.D.

Ingraham volunteers at the West Palm Beach Health Center four days per week and has been doing so for over three years. During the past year Ingraham assisted with finding and giving clothing to adults and children patients at the clinic, assisted the clients in completing their medical records, and during the holidays assured that 500 children received an age appropriate toy and a healthy snack.

Phillips, a gynecologist, has been volunteering his services to the center since 2003. He not only sees patients, he mentors nurses, students and other medical professionals. Phillips has also been instrumental in collaborating with other physicians and healthcare providers to assure outstanding interdisciplinary team based care.

The event emceed by CBS 12 news anchor/reporter Michele Wright also acknowledged other outstanding contributions to the programs that promote and protect the health and welfare of county residents.

Leadership Award winners were Allison Patterson, Lantana/Lake Worth Health Center; Patricia Seaman, Delray Beach Health Center; Janet Beltran, C.L. Brumback Health Center; Theresa Thirbenny, West Palm Beach Health Center.

The Health Center Volunteer of the Year Award winners Myra Hosang, Lantana/Lake Worth Health Center; Helen Castellano, Delray Beach Health Center; Rosaura Garcia, C.L. Brumback Health Center; Hazel Johnson, West Palm Beach Health Center.

Rookie of the Year Award winners were Jayasree Hari and Olinfa Romani, Lantana/Lake Worth Health Center; Sara Smith, Delray Beach Health Center; Claudia Garzon, C.L. Brumback Health Center; Charles Kent and Felicia Kemp, West Palm Beach Health Center.
“These volunteers help improve the lives and health of thousands of individuals every year.” said Florida Health Palm Beach County Director Alina Alonso, M.D. “Their selfless contribution should be recognized each and every day.”