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Monday, January 30, 2012


The TMA Foundation (TMAF) presented its 2012 John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award to a Corpus Christi-area program that provides free primary care services from a 40-foot mobile clinic. Staffed by volunteer physicians and others, the Mission of Mercy van has recorded more than 11,000 patient visits in four years. More than half of the patients suffer from chronic illnesses. The Baylor College of Medicine's Teen Health Clinic, which provides prenatal and family planning care and treats sexually transmitted diseases for more than 10,000 uninsured minority youth in the Houston area, was named the secondary winner. TMAF President Russ Kridel, MD, presented the awards at the TMA Winter Conference. The award is named after the late John P. McGovern, MD, of Houston, whose generous support finances the $5,000 award for the winning program and a $2,500 grant to the secondary winner. TMAF also honored a pair of new Major Donors, whose cumulative giving has exceeded $10,000: Austin King, MD, and State Rep. Susan King (R-Abilene); and Dr. Kridel and his wife, Cheryl. You can now donate online to TMAF. Please give today.

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