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National Medical Fellowships Honors Three Outstanding Healthcare Leaders at Annual Awards Gala

NMF Humanitarian, Distinguished Service and Distinguished Alumni Honorees were Awarded

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- At the annual National Medical Fellowships (NMF) Awards Gala in New York City on Tuesday night, three leaders in industry and medicine were awarded: David B. Snow Jr., Humanitarian Award; Patrick Gaston, Distinguished Service Award; and Dr. J. Emilio Carrillo, Distinguished Alumni Award.

The event, held at the Union League Club, was co-chaired by Mark L. Wagar, President and CEO of Empire BlueCross BlueShield and Wayne C. Winborne, Vice President of Business Diversity Outreach at Prudential Financial.

NMF provides scholarships for underrepresented minorities in the medical field and strives for equity of access to quality health care and medicine for all Americans.

The 2009 Honorees were selected by an awards committee.

David B. Snow Jr. - NMF Humanitarian Award:

David B. Snow, Jr., is Medco's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He is a health care industry veteran, innovator and entrepreneur who, for more than 30 years, has created and implemented solutions to improve clinical quality and manage the rising cost of health care for millions of Americans. Mr. Snow leads Medco's approximately 22,000 employees in the pursuit of improving the clinical and financial outcomes for both patients and payors. Prior to joining Medco, he was President and Chief Operating Officer at Wellchoice, Inc. He has served in executive leadership roles for a number of other health care companies including Oxford Health Plans, American International Healthcare, Inc. and US HealthCare, Inc. He also co-founded and served as President and CEO of Managed Healthcare Systems, Inc., which was later renamed AmeriChoice.

Patrick Gaston - NMF Distinguished Service Award:

Patrick Gaston is President of the Verizon Foundation and is responsible for philanthropic strategy, grant-making and the Foundation's initiatives in education and literacy, family safety and health, and employee volunteerism. Prior to his appointment as President in 2003, he served as Executive Director of Verizon's Strategic Alliances Group where he led the development of Verizon's corporate responsibility program. Mr. Gaston serves on the boards of the NAACP SCF, America's Charities, the Foundation of the University of West Indies, the Conference Board Contributions Council and World Institute on Disability and is Vice Chair of the Business Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A fellow at the Aspen Institute, Mr. Gaston was named one of the top 100 most influential African Americans in corporate America by Savoy Professional magazine.

J. Emilio Carrillo, MD, MPH - NMF Distinguished Alumni Award:

Dr. Carrillo serves as President and Chief Medical Officer of the New York-Presbyterian Community Health Plan. He is also Vice President of Community Health Development at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Carrillo is an Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. As President he has grown the plan more than tenfold while maintaining operational success and quality excellence. For ten years, Dr. Carrillo has served in the faculties of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health where he conducted pioneering work in the fields of cultural competence and community health. He is a Northeast Principal Investigator for the National Cancer Institute's Redes en Accion: National Latino Cancer Research Network. He has received numerous awards and has been appointed as a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

"It is NMF's distinct privilege to honor these men at our Annual Awards Gala," states Daniel T. McGowan, NMF Chair. "Our organization's primary goal is to change the face of medicine to better reflect and serve our diverse nation -- these three recipients are each dedicated to that same mission."

About NMF

Founded in 1946, NMF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care for low-income and minority communities by increasing the number of underrepresented minority physicians and researchers in the United States. In 62 years, NMF has awarded $40 million in financial support to more than 28,000 minority men and women. NMF funds need-based and merit scholarships during the first years of medical study and experience-based training for more advanced students, increasing the number of culturally competent providers and addressing some of the cultural barriers that ultimately contribute to disparities.

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