MGH Hotline 11.06.09 CARMEN VEGA-BARACHOWITZ, MS, CCC-SLP, director of Speech, Language, Swallowing and Reading Disabilities, was presented the 2009 Ernesto González Award for Outstanding Service to the Latino Community during an Oct. 23 awards ceremony held in the East Garden Room.

2009 Ernesto González Award

06/Nov/2009

PAVING THE WAY: González, left with Vega-Barachowitz

CARMEN VEGA-BARACHOWITZ, MS, CCC-SLP, director of Speech, Language, Swallowing and Reading Disabilities, was presented the 2009 Ernesto González Award for Outstanding Service to the Latino Community during an Oct. 23 awards ceremony held in the East Garden Room. Vega-Barachowitz accepted the award from Ernesto González, MD, of MGH Dermatology, and in her acceptance speech, called the award's namesake a role model.

"For me, Dr. González paved the way," she said. "My job and the job of all of you are to pave the way for other people."

The González Award has become an MGH tradition and is celebrated each year as part of the hos-pital's recognition of Latino Heritage Month. The award acknowledges MGHers who, like González, have made lasting contributions to the Latino community.