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The Changing Face of Medicine: National Medical Fellowships Annual Awards Gala Honors Three Fellows

NMF Humanitarian, Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Alumni Award

Honorees were Named

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., April 1, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- At the annual National Medical Fellowships (NMF) Awards Gala held in New York City on Monday night, Anthony Welters, Dr. June E. Osborn and Dr. Nelson L. Adams were the honored recipients of the NMF Humanitarian Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and Distinguished Alumni Award, respectively.

The event was held at the Union League Club and was co-chaired by David B. Snow Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medco Health Solutions, Inc. and Kenneth C. Frazier, Executive Vice President & President, Global Human Health, Merck & Co., Inc.

"For more than half a century NMF has been providing much needed funding for minority students to pursue a career in healthcare, which ultimately benefits their communities," states Snow, Gala co-chair. "This year's award recipients stand out for their achievements in industry and philanthropy and share a commitment to NMF's mission."

The 2008 Honorees were selected by an awards committee

Anthony Welters, NMF Humanitarian Award winner:

Mr. Welters is Executive Vice President of UnitedHealth Group (UHG) and leads their presence in Washington, DC with responsibility for External Affairs. In September 2007, Mr. Welters was also named President of UHG's Public and Senior Markets Group, which includes the Ovations and AmeriChoice business units. Ovations is the largest company in the U.S. dedicated to meeting the health and well-being needs of people age 50 and older. Additionally, with his wife he formed the An-Bryce Foundation to enhance the social and educational development of disadvantaged children. The foundation operates a tuition-free summer camp, offers after-school learning programs to students in the DC area, and provides full tuition scholarships and a mentoring program to more than 20 students at the New York University Law School.

June E. Osborn, MD, Lifetime Achievement Award:

June E. Osborn served as President of the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation from 1996 to 2007 after a distinguished career in academia for over thirty years. Dr. Osborn has served in advisory roles for U.S. federal health agencies, private foundations, and the World Health Organization, particularly in areas of virology, vaccines, infectious diseases, and public health. Dr. Osborn has received nine honorary degrees and numerous awards. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Pharmacopoeia, on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Medical Association, and on the Board of Trustees of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

Nelson L. Adams, MD; Distinguished Alumni Award:

A board certified obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Adams practices in North Miami-Dade County and is the President of the National Medical Association. He was the first African-American Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the first African-American Chief of Staff of North Shore Medical Center. In 1992, he founded the Maternal Child Health Initiative (MCHI), an award-winning model for providing care to at-risk, low-income, pregnant women. Currently, Dr. Adams is the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jackson North Medical Center and President of N.L. Adams, M.D. and Associates. He is also President and Chairman of Access Health Solutions (AHS), a managed care company providing services in 26 counties in Florida. Under Dr. Adams' leadership, AHS now serves more than 94,000 beneficiaries with 525 health care providers.

"Our primary goal is to achieve equal opportunity in medicine and equal access to quality health care for all Americans," states Daniel T. McGowan, NMF Chair. "All three of our award recipients are dedicated to this mission and their work has made a substantive difference in underserved communities. It is our distinct privilege to honor them."

About NMF

NMF is a nonprofit organization founded in 1946 dedicated to improving the quality of health care experienced by 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 $39 million in financial support to more than 28,000 minority men and women. NMF programs fund need-based and merit scholarships during the first years of medical study and experience-based opportunities for more senior students, increasing the number of culturally competent providers and addressing some of the cultural barriers that ultimately contribute to disparities.

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