Armstrong State University’s College of Health Professions was awarded the Georgia Medical Society’s Institution/Organization Award at the 14th Annual Health Care Heroes Awards Banquet held on Tuesday, Nov. 18. in Savannah. Armstrong President Linda M. Bleicken, Interim Assistant Dean of the College of Health Professions Sandy Streater, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences Department Head Doug Masini and Health Sciences Department Head Robert LeFavi accepted the award on behalf of Armstrong.
The Institution/Organization Award recognizes organizations that have taken health care initiatives outside the confines of their own institutions and into the community at large, making demonstrable improvements in the quality of life for area residents. This prestigious award is given annually by the Georgia Medical Society, the first chartered medical society in the state of Georgia and the oldest county medical society. The society’s current membership includes approximately 500 physicians practicing in the counties of Chatham, Effingham, Bryan, McIntosh and Long.
Armstrong has been involved in the education of health care professionals since its inception in 1935. Today, Armstrong’s College of Health Professions is the largest undergraduate health college in the state of Georgia, offering a range of academic programs that prepare students for careers in nursing, public health, health administration, respiratory therapy, radiologic sciences, physical therapy, communication sciences and disorders, medical laboratory sciences, and sports medicine. Currently, more 2,400 students are enrolled in the College of Health Professions. The College’s alumni base includes nearly 9,000 graduates, 6,000 of whom have remained in Georgia.
Throughout the years, Armstrong’s College of Health Professions has remained committed to the community through public service. Communication Sciences and Disorders students provide free hearing screens to approximately 2,000 children each year; the RiteCare Center, supported by members of the Scottish Rite, provides speech/language therapy services to adults and children, at little or no cost; Nursing and Public Health faculty and students provide services at St. Mary’s Community Center through a $1.5 million Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) grant for interprofessional care; and Physical Therapy faculty provide free continuing education for area clinicians in orthopaedics and rehabilitation.