WASHINGTON, April 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Minority Quality Forum, led by President & CEO Dr. Gary Puckrein, awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to Joel Freedman, President of California-based Paladin Healthcare, at the 15th Annual National Minority Quality Forum Leadership Awards Summit on Health Disparities. The award was presented by honorary co-host Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Chair, Congresswoman Dr. Robin Kelly. This prestigious award is presented to individuals who have worked in practice and public policy to eliminate health disparities. Past awardees include Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and former PhRMA President and CEO, John Castellani.
Gary Puckrein, President and CEO of the National Minority Quality Forum attests, "Joel has worked tirelessly to help our most distressed communities. His work in California and with Howard University Hospital in Washington DC has saved many necessary safety net hospitals. I would like to personally thank him for his work and congratulate him on this honor."
"Over the past several years, Paladin has been blessed to have the opportunity to turn around several community hospitals in some of the most underserved and disadvantaged communities in the country. We feel that we have made a tremendous impact and improved many lives, but there is much more work to be done to ensure that everyone has equal access to quality healthcare," Joel Freedman remarked. "It is a privilege to be able to work with the National Minority Quality Forum and CBC Health Braintrust to help facilitate this critical and moral objective."
The National Minority Quality Forum (The Forum) is a Washington, DC-based not-for-profit, non‑partisan, independent research and education organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care that is available for and provided to all populations. The Forum develops user-friendly, web-based disease indices that provide a unique two-dimensional view of the prevalence and impact of diseases by zip code, including diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and HIV/AIDS. For more information, please visit www.nmqf.org.
Headquartered in the Greater Los Angeles area, Paladin Healthcare provides capital and management services to underperforming health service providers, with a focus on community hospitals in underserved communities. Paladin has a strong record of transitioning underperforming healthcare organizations into profitable and sustainable enterprises. In addition to his work at Paladin, Mr. Freedman is a founding member of the Health Care Policy Advisory Council for Harvard Medical School and serves on the Boards of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California and Globe Health Foundation. For more information, please visit www.pldn.com
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