LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif., Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The same night Hollywood conferred honors to television and movie stars at the Golden Globes, just 70 miles away the second annual REAL Awards honorees were announced at the Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit hosted by the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation and Competition in Healthcare. The winners—who hail from around the U.S. and 12 other countries—were recognized for their extraordinary service in saving lives and providing critical health services. Two of the honorees—a public health officer from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga., and a doctor from Haiti—attended in person to participate in the announcement on behalf of their fellow winners.
"During Hollywood's awards season, our attention tends to focus on honoring entertainers," said Mary Beth Powers, chief of the newborn and child survival campaign at Save the Children and chair of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition. "This awards program puts a new twist on celebrity. It gives the public a chance to celebrate people who really make a difference —the committed health workers on the frontlines of care."
"Masimo Foundation is delighted to honor the work of dedicated health professionals globally, and here in the United States who strive to deliver the highest and safest quality care," said Joe Kiani, Chairman and Chief Executive Office of Masimo Corporation, one of the awards' presenting sponsors. "Oftentimes, they do not receive the level of recognition they deserve and we are proud to support the REAL Awards effort to tell their stories."
The REAL Awards, created by Save the Children in partnership with the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, is a first-of-its-kind global awards program designed to develop greater respect and appreciation for health workers and the lifesaving care they provide in the United States and around the world.
The public can read the inspirational stories of the international and domestic REAL Awards honorees at www.theREALawards.com.
Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in more than 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
The Frontline Health Workers Coalition is an alliance of more than 35 United States-based organizations working together to urge greater and more strategic U.S. investment in frontline health workers in developing countries as a cost-effective way to save lives and foster a healthier, safer and more prosperous world. Follow us @FHWCoalition on Twitter and on Facebook.
The Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare is a U.S.-based, private charitable foundation that is focused on improving patient care, preserving patient dignity and reducing cost of care, through philanthropic programs and research initiatives that foster an environment of aligned incentives, highest level of ethics for those who take part in the care of patients, and healthy and honest competition.
Image with caption: "The second annual REAL Awards honorees were announced Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at the Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif., hosted by the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation and Competition in Healthcare. Save the Children photo." Image available at: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140113/MM45032
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