OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente has been honored by International Medical Corps with its 2015 Global Citizen Award. The award recognizes Kaiser Permanente's significant support of IMC's response to last year's Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the largest Ebola outbreak in history, as well as other global humanitarian and medical relief efforts.
"Kaiser Permanente is proud to support the life-saving and life-changing work International Medical Corps is conducting around the world," said Raymond Baxter, PhD, Kaiser Permanente's senior vice president of Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy.
Kaiser Permanente's $1 million grant to IMC's Ebola relief efforts funded mobile support teams in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Volunteers from Kaiser Permanente, including physicians Hernando Garzon, MD, and Steven Whiteley, MD, personally deployed within West Africa to treat patients and train local caregivers.
"With Kaiser Permanente's support – and that of other organizations – International Medical Corps volunteers were able to accelerate the Ebola response and save countless lives in the process," said Cynthia Telles, PhD, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals board member and chair of its Community Benefit Committee.
International Medical Corps is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Hundreds of Kaiser Permanente clinical and logistics employees and physicians volunteer each year for humanitarian relief and even more on medical missions, including those led by IMC. Kaiser Permanente clinicians and employees have served in international locales ranging from Armenia to Nepal to the Philippines to Vietnam.
"Kaiser Permanente's commitment to improving the total health of its members and the communities it serves, its dedication to expanding health access in its communities, and its longstanding investment in disaster relief and recovery aligns with International Medical Corps mission to offer health care and training to people at the highest risk and help communities return to self-reliance in the aftermath of an emergency," said Nancy Aossey, IMC's president and CEO.
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