NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that the Surgery Weekend Program received the 2014 Governor Hugh L. Carey Award, presented annually to the national award-winning program in its Community Partnership Award competition.
Fresh Start Surgical Gifts forged a first-of-its-kind partnership with Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego in 2009 to create the Surgery Weekend Program. Through this innovative program, a team of world-class surgeons, dentists, anesthesiologists and other medical professionals volunteer their time and talent to provide the gift of reconstructive surgery, dental and health-related services to financially disadvantaged children with a deformity due to a birth defect, accident, illness or trauma.
Fresh Start was launched in 1991 by Dr. Dennis Nigro, who recognized that low-income, underinsured children with craniofacial deformities had few options when it came to getting medical care. Today, Fresh Start treats 400 children annually, providing the long-term care they need to continue on a healthy path to adulthood.
"The Fresh Start Clinic at Rady Children's Hospital symbolizes the transformative power of partnership," said Shari Brasher, CEO of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. "This June, we expanded our reach by launching a Surgery Weekend program at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, a first step in our goal to replicate this program nationally."
About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award
The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Since its inception in 1996, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 190 partnerships from cities and towns all across America. To learn more about the Community Partnership Award, visit mutualofamerica.com/cpa.
"All of the 2014 honorees are leaders in society, creating innovative and effective solutions to help those in need," said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President and CEO, Mutual of America. "Through the Community Partnership Award, Mutual of America is proud to recognize, support and help extend the reach of these vital partnerships."
About Mutual of America
Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and related services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit mutualofamerica.com.
SOURCE Mutual of America