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VOL. 127 | NO. 150 | Thursday, August 02, 2012

Methodist to Honor Four Recipients With Living Awards

By Aisling Maki

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The Methodist Healthcare Foundation is preparing to honor three individuals and one organization for their significant commitments to faith and healing in the Mid-South community and beyond.

The Memphis Muslim Clinic joins three individuals who are being honored with the Methodist Healthcare Foundation Living Awards.

(Photo courtesy of Methodist Healthcare)

Those local heroes will be celebrated during the 2012 Living Awards, which will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16, in the Grand Ballroom of The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave.

This is the 31st year for the event, which Bob Plunk, development director at Methodist Healthcare Foundation, called “an awards program steeped in tradition over the years here at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. … They are living awards in faith and health because of the importance Methodist Le Bonheur places on the power of faith in the healing process.”

This year’s Living Awards recipients are Dr. Bruce Jenkins, Dr. Stephen T. Miller, chaplain Jesse W. Moore and the Memphis Muslim Clinic.

Jenkins is the director of Neonatal Services for Methodist Healthcare’s Maternity Centers. Many fellow physicians describe him a true advocate for every infant in his care.

A University of Memphis graduate who received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Jenkins established and helped design the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) at Methodist North Hospital in 1990 and Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital in 1994.

He also assumed the responsibility for the NICU at Methodist South in 2007.

Methodist said Jenkins strongly believes in keeping an open line of communication among obstetricians, pediatricians and neonatologists.

Jenkins created an education model called “Lesson of the Month” as a tool to help keep medical personnel current on the latest medical news and treatments, particularly for sick infants.

Methodist said Miller has been a leading force in improving the quality of primary care in the Memphis community. He has trained numerous primary care physicians to practice evidence-based medicine with caring and compassion.

Miller was the founding director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at UTHSC. He was recruited 20 years ago to develop a residency program at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare to help produce outstanding generalist physicians.

Miller serves as the Robert S. Pearce Professor of Medicine at UTHSC. Through this position, he supports medical care for the underserved through the Church Health Center and Christ Community Clinics.

Moore has dedicated his life to the ministry of others. He served as a U.S. Army chaplain during the Vietnam War as First Brigade chaplain of the First Air Calvary Division along the demilitarized zone during the Tet Offensive. For this, he received the Bronze Star for Valor.

He also served as hospital chaplain at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, where he instituted a wellness program focused on holistic health.

After retiring from the Army a full colonel in 1982, Moore spent 23 years as director of Pastoral Ministry at Methodist Healthcare, where he created the Employee Assistance Program, which continues to provide counseling and support for employees.

From 2004 to 2010, Moore served as chaplain at the West Clinic.

Moore has continued his education throughout his career, completing graduate work in psychology, counseling and criminology. He studied biofeedback at the Menninger Foundation and Chinese medicine at the Catholic University of America.

Widely recognized in areas of holistic health, healing, spirituality and stress management, Moore continues to educate and share his experiences with fellow clergy and laypersons.

The Memphis Muslim Medical Clinic (MMMC) is a nonprofit dedicated to providing comprehensive primary health care services to uninsured and medically underserved individuals from all faith backgrounds and walks of life.

Since opening in 1996, MMMC has managed more than 4,000 patient visits through its general primary care, pediatrics and women’s health care clinics on weekends. In many cases, MMMC is the only source of primary care for its patients.

More than 20 Muslim physicians and about 10 regular volunteers – including paramedics, medical students and nurses – donate their time and medical expertise to the clinic, which is financed by donations from Memphis’ Muslim community.

The Living Awards this year will also recognize physicians who are dedicated to medical missions domestically and throughout the world.

“There are so many physicians who take their time, and their own money in many cases, and go to other countries less fortunate than we are to do medical mission work,” Plunk said. “We’re going to have a special session of the program that will spotlight, recognize and honor those individuals.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Methodist Healthcare Foundation.

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