Fourth year internal medicine and pediatrics resident Dr. Mike Kelly shaves his head after reaching his fundraising goal for the Boston Marathon.
In 2005, Ernesto González, MD, MGH dermatologist, received the inaugural award recognizing his outstanding service to the Latino community and beyond. Since then, the award has been renamed in his honor, and 19 more MGHers have joined González in recognition of their service. On Oct. 16, the newest honorees were celebrated at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation.
Nicte Mejia, MD, MPH, FAAPN, a physician in the Department of Neurology, and Daniel Urizar, of Environmental Services, both received this year’s Ernesto González Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Latino Community – a highlight of Latino Heritage Month sponsored by the MGH Committee for Latino Initiatives and MGH Human Resources.
“I cherish as a Latina how we embrace our families and give back to our communities,” said Mejia. She grew up in Guatemala City and towns across Mexico and the U.S and became the first physician in her family. “It is truly an honor to receive a distinction that bears the name of Dr. González, and the big and small acts of kindness that he showers the world with every day.”
Urizar mentors and coaches families as part of the Be Fit for Latinos program at the MGH. This program introduces Latino youth to music, dance and other activities. “What a difference we make when we decide to help our community,” he said. “Bringing families together is my passion, that is what I do.”
The list of all Ernesto González Award recipients is hung year-round on the Employee Recognition Wall outside the General Store.
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