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Chamber Presents 2012 Hovey S. Dabney Award for Corporate Citizenship to Martha Jefferson Hospital at Chamber Annual Business Luncheon

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce today presented its 2012 Hovey S. Dabney Award for Corporate Citizenship to Martha Jefferson Hospital, before an audience of more than 150 business and community leaders attending the Annual Chamber Business Luncheon held at Holiday Inn � University Area, in Charlottesville. �It is our great honor to honor Martha Jefferson Hospital,� said Robert P. Hodous, Partner at Payne & Hodous, Attorneys, Immediate Past Chairman of the Chamber Board, and Chairman of the Hovey S. Dabney Award for Corporate Citizenship Committee. �For more than 100 years Martha Jefferson Hospital has held a special place in the tapestry of our Greater Charlottesville communities.  We honor this key Chamber and community enterprise for doing their job � and doing it very, very well.� The Annual Chamber Business Luncheon, underwritten by Virginia National Bank, was attended by 150 business & civic leaders.  Prior to the award presentation, Patricia L. Cluff, Associate Vice President at the University of Virginia Health System, and 2012 Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors, led a group of Chamber officers in presenting the 2012 Annual Chamber Report to the Chamber membership and business and civic leadership. The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce established the Hovey S. Dabney Award for Corporate Citizenship in 2005 to recognize outstanding examples of corporate citizenship in the Greater Charlottesville communities.  This Chamber Award is established and named in honor of the late Hovey S. Dabney, a distinguished business leader and citizen in the Greater Charlottesville area, the Commonwealth of Virginia and our nation. The Chamber Hovey S. Dabney Award for Corporate Citizenship is underwritten through the generosity of Hunter E. Craig, W. K. Heischman and Ivo Romenesko. Since its founding as a �sanatorium� in 1903 by seven local physicians, Martha Jefferson Hospital has had three different homes, the most recent being its new 540,000 square foot, $295 million, 176-bed facility (all private rooms) in the Peter Jefferson Park on Pantops mountain.  Over the course of one year, Martha Jefferson cares for nearly 11,000 in-patients, more than 50,000 emergency patients and more than 270,000 out-patients.  Annually, nearly 1,700 children are born at Martha Jefferson Hospital. Martha Jefferson strives to live out its mission and improve the health status of our community by maintaining, enhancing and restoring personal well being.   Vital hospital services include comprehensive cancer care and radiation oncology, stroke care, heart and vascular care, spine surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics, sleep medicine, and more.  Martha Jefferson Hospital was recently re-designated as a �magnet facility,� the highest distinction a hospital can receive for nursing care.  It has also been recognized as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer, and was recognized as part of the Target Stroke Honor Roll by the American Heart and Stroke Associations. Martha Jefferson offers a robust offering of community outreach services including:  Free blood pressure and blood glucose screening days, breast health screening days, prostate screenings, skin cancer screenings and Community Education Classes and Support Groups � all free of charge. Today, Martha Jefferson currently employees 1,650 people in Greater Charlottesville.  Those employees are involved in, and give their time and resources to, virtually every community and civic organization and initiative.  Many are in leadership roles. The Martha Jefferson Hospital Executive Team includes:  Jim Haden, President;  Elliot Kuida, Vice President, Chief Operations Officer ; Mike Burris, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer;  Dr. Mike Ashby, Vice President, Medical Affairs; Amy Black, Vice President, Chief Nurse Executive; Ron Cottrell, Vice President, Planning (a former Chamber Board of Directors member); Susan Cabell Mains, Vice President, Human Resources/Compliance Officer (a former Chamber Board of Directors member who served as the 1989 Chamber Chairwoman); Marijo Lecker, Vice President, Clinical Support Services/IT; and, Ray Mishler, Vice President of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation. Mr. Peter Brooks serves as Chairman of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Board of Directors and Ms.  Dana Harris serves as Chair of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. The 2012 Chamber Hovey S. Dabney Award for Corporate Citizenship Selection Committee, in addition to Mr. Hodous as Committee Chairman, includes: Jon Bright; Patricia Cluff; Eddie Giles; Timothy Hulbert; Valerie Long, Brad Ramsey; Ivo Romenesko; Bryan Thomas; and Cathy Smith Train.

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