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Western University of Health Sciences’ Gala Fundraiser Emphasizes Humanism and Caring
Date:11/12/2013

an, MD, talked about health care providers’ responsibility to address health care diversity.

“I believe that throughout the U.S., our company has strategically focused on bringing and aligning local medical care to the cultural variances of the population,” Shinto said. “In Puerto Rico, we’ve been dedicated to integrating behavioral health and medical care into the lives of our more than 200,000 seniors. Over the past several years our company has been able to introduce new strategies to enhance the quality and access to care to a population that has been plagued by poverty, by lack of education, and a shortage of health care providers.

“We all know our health care industry is in the midst of rapid transition. As the economy struggles, and Obamacare continues to evolve, and medical funding tightness continues, it’s important for all of us to remember we’re in the business of caring.”

Rudolf L. Brutoco, MD, MPH, received WesternU’s highest award, the Elie Wiesel Humanism in Healing Award. Named for Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, the award is presented to individuals who best represent the philosophy and values of the university and have actively incorporated them toward the betterment of the human condition.

A specialist in Behavioral and Developmental Medicine, with expertise in psychiatry, Dr. Brutoco’s career has been devoted to treating those with special needs, or going through temporary but difficult challenges. His professional goal has been to help individuals achieve their full potential, particularly when they encounter obstacles to personal happiness and fulfillment.

Dr. Brutoco’s wife, Diana, was diagnosed with leukemia in 1988. She needed a bone marrow transplant to survive, but her family members weren’t a match and, at the time, few people were registered as donors.

Dr. Brutoco developed the concept and led an international grassroots movement to educate, motivate, recruit, test, finan
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