On November 2, 2017 the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation honoured several important members of the MUHC community at our first ever MUHC Foundation Award Ceremony.
Dr. Sarkis Meterissian, Director of the MUHC Breast Clinic, received the Physician of the Year Award, in recognition of his incredible contributions to treating patients with breast cancer. Dr. Meterissian works tirelessly to improve the standard of care offered at the clinic, but also drives efforts to support research into new treatments and the prevention of breast cancer. In addition to saving lives through his work as a surgeon and leader at the MUHC, he also raises awareness and community support for the Clinic that treats over 15,000 women each year.
The award for Health Professional of the Year went to Wendy Wray, Nurse Director of the Women’s Healthy Heart Initiative, for her advances in preventing heart disease in women. Ms. Wray works tirelessly as an advocate for women’s heart health and is credited for building the first nurse-led heart disease prevention program in Canada. In addition to saving lives through her work at the MUHC, she also raises awareness and community support for the program that sees over 1,000 women each year.
Also honoured were five outgoing members of the MUHC Foundation Board of Directors. John Archer, Russell Hiscock, Sophie Perron, France Denis-Royer, and Sam Reda were all recognized for their tireless contributions to the MUHC Foundation. In addition, we gave thanks to ten volunteers who have recently stepped down from the MUHC Board of Directors. Their dedication to our healthcare community is much appreciated.
“Both Dr. Meterissian and Wendy Wray have distinguished themselves not only as excellent healthcare providers, but as individuals whose extraordinary efforts to build community support and promote the hospital have inspired others to become involved as well, just as our board members have done. We, at the Foundation, are so thankful to have such influential voices among our supporters,” says Julie Quenneville, President of the MUHC and RVH Foundations.