Patty and Jeff Hurwitz, Dr. P. Gregory Rausch and the late Dr. Dana Cable were recently named Frederick Memorial Hospital’s Good Samaritans of the Year for 2011 at a recognition event for some of the hospital’s most generous benefactors.
Created in 1990, the Good Samaritan of the Year award is the highest honor conveyed upon an individual by Frederick Memorial Hospital. The annual award recognizes deserving individuals for their generosity to FMH, as well as their selfless commitment to improving the quality of life in the entire Frederick community.
In his introductory remarks, Chairman of the FMH Special Gifts Committee Dan Schiffman commented on the shared bond that unites each of the 2011 honorees. “Each of tonight’s four honorees has made a significant impact on the care available to patients with cancer in our community,” said Schiffman. “Because of their efforts, these patients have access to state-of-the-art technology for early detection and diagnosis, comprehensive treatment and compassionate end-of-life-care.”
The late Dr. Dana Cable, who died suddenly in July of 2010, received a posthumous Good Samaritan of the Year Award for his work as an educator, grief counselor and founder of Hospice of Frederick County. As chairman of Hospice’s Board of Directors, Dr. Cable helped oversee the organization’s certification by Medicare, the development of its comprehensive bereavement program, including a weekend camp for grieving children called Camp Jamie, the original Hospice’s merger with FMH and the building of the Kline Hospice House residence.
Also honored with a Good Samaritan of the Year Award was Dr. P. Gregory Rausch. Currently a practicing oncologist at the FMH Regional Cancer Therapy Center, Dr. Rausch is on the clinical faculty at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He was also instrumental in setting up the FMH Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, a resource for patients who are having trouble affording medications, dietary supplements and other medical necessities associated with a diagnosis of cancer.
Patty and Jeff Hurwitz accepted the Good Samaritan of the Year Award for their leadership and generosity to Frederick Memorial Hospital. Contributions to the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund have helped FMH provide patients with the latest in diagnostic equipment. In addition, said Schiffman, Patty and Jeff’s personal contributions– combined with many hours of service to several different hospital committees– has helped to secure significant financial support for FMH expansion and renovation projects.
“Cancer is still a powerful disease,” concluded Schiffman, “but its power has been significantly limited, thanks in part to the contributions of our 2011 Good Samaritans of the Year.”
Past recipients of the FMH Good Samaritan of the Year award include: Alden E. Fisher, Charles L. Snyder, Nancy Szymanski, Julia Etchison Hanna, Charles W. Hoff, III, L. Eugene Johnson, Charles V. Main, Alfred P. Shockley, Dr. Albert M. Powell, Jr., Barbara L. Rickman, Charles and Kathryn Nicodemus, Dr. Henry and Page Laughlin, Pat Throne, Debbie Williams, Donald C. Linton, Peter H. Plamondon, and Dr. Harvey Levy, DDS, Gail T. Guyton, Carl and Norma Miller, Bess and Frank Gladhill, Kathryn “Kitty” Mercer Reed, Sue Scott Nisenfeld, Madeline M. Best, George C. Stauffer, Marion D. Carmack, Jr. and Richard E. Markey, J. R. Ramsburg and Lisa and Marvin Ausherman.