UNM Health Sciences Center Announces Community Partnership Awards

The UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2003 Community Partnership Awards.


The Community Partnership Awards recognize and honor organizations and individuals who have worked in partnership with the HSC to help address important questions in health care, mentor the next generation of biomedical scientists and health care professionals, expand the frontiers of research and scholarship, explore new ways to deliver patient care, and improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans.


The awards were presented last month at a special ceremony at the Old Albuquerque Airport Terminal.


The awards and this year's recipients are:


            Cornerstone Award: Maralyn Budke

The Cornerstone Award recognizes outstanding contributions over the career of an individual who has fostered the growth and development of the HSC. As former director of the New Mexico State Legislative Finance Committee staff, Budke shepherded several major initiatives that led to the creation of the UNM School of Medicine and to legislation authorizing the UNM Board of Regents to lease what is now UNM Hospital from Bernalillo County.  Budke also has served on the UNM Hospital Board of Trustees and as chair of the hospital's Clinical Operations Board. 


Philanthropy Award: Milton Rosenbaum, M.D., and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

The Philanthropy Award recognizes significant gifts from individuals and private foundations in support of the Health Sciences Center.  Emeritus professor of psychiatry Milton Rosenbaum created, with his late wife, Jean, two important endowments that fund psychiatric research and a lecture series in the UNM School of Medicine. Over the past year, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has given almost $300,000 to the UNM Cancer Research & Treatment Center toward a peer support program for Hispanic women newly diagnosed with breast cancer and a childcare program for women undergoing breast cancer evaluation and treatment at the center.


Pathways Award: Rep. Henry "Kiki" Saavedra, D-Albuquerque

The Pathways Award recognizes an individual or organization that has served as an advocate for the HSC to the business community or government. Saavedra became a champion of the HSC several years ago after seeing first-hand what the Newborn Intensive Care unit at UNM Hospital could do for the prematurely born grandson of one of his close friends. Since then, Saavedra has helped the HSC secure legislative funding for many programs including the College of Nursing, Newborn Intensive Care and the Office of the Medical Investigator.


Corporate Support Award: Pfizer

The corporate support award recognizes outstanding gifts or other forms of support from corporations or businesses. Pfizer Incorporated has contributed almost $400,000 for projects such as a cardiovascular risk reduction clinic and College of Pharmacy faculty research, while total giving from the Pfizer Foundation exceeds $3.5 million, primarily to support the indigent drug program at the UNM Hospital Pharmacy. Pfizer also provided the College of Pharmacy with equipment valued at more than $80,000 and each year recruits several UNM students into its summer internship program.


Building Bridges Awards: Jonathan Abrams, M.D. and Duke City Civitans

The Building Bridges Award recognizes outstanding service from a community volunteer or volunteer or preceptor faculty or a from a civic or community organization. Abrams, a professor of cardiology in the UNM School of Medicine, founded the University Hospital Art Gallery and serves as its curator.  In addition, he has persuaded well-known artists to contribute their works to help transform the public spaces of the HSC into a welcoming environment for patients, faculty, and staff. The Duke City Civitans have been active supporters of UNM Children's Hospital since 1992, volunteering their contributions and time for projects ranging from staffing telephone banks for the hospital's telethons to purchasing games for children at UNM Children's Psychiatric Hospital.

Contact: Lynn Melton, 272-3322

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