To celebrate 25 years of hope, healing and care, and to honor the medical professionals who volunteer their time each year, We Care Jacksonville hosted the 2018 Caring Awards Gala on Aug. 25 at the Jacksonville Marriott Southpoint.
The event served a fundraiser for We Care and an opportunity to honor various community volunteers. Dr. Stanton Longenecker, an orthopedic surgeon at Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute, received the Distinguished George S. Trotter Founders Award for his contributions to We Care and its patients. According to the nonprofit, Longenecker has personally donated countless hours and affected hundreds of Duval County’s most vulnerable residents as a volunteer for more than 20 years. He has facilitated the volunteerism of other medical professionals, served as a We Care Board member for five years and was an early organizer and participant in the Physicians’ Variety Show, a fundraiser for We Care.
The following medical professionals were also recognized with Awards of Service: Dr. Michael Solloway, a psychiatrist at Baptist Health; Freddie Webster, a senior clinical advisor for We Care Jacksonville; and Drs. Stephen Buckley, Paul Nowicki and Jenny Whitworth, gynecologic oncologists at Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center.
In addition, the event honored Dr. Sue Nussbaum's retirement and her nine years of leadership as executive director of We Care Jacksonville and introduced the organization’s new executive director, Susan King.
We Care provides specialty medical care to low-income, uninsured and homeless adults in Duval County. Visit http://wecarejacksonville.org/ for more information.