April 15, 2009

American Medical Association honors Dr. Randi

Bread for the City's longtime medical clinic director, Dr. Randi Abramson, is on a roll: last year, she was honored as the DC Primary Care Association's "Caregiver of the Year," and this year the American Medical Association presented her with an "Excellence in Medicine" Award for her dedication to community health.

Thanks to the AMA, we can now share the video that was featured at the awards ceremony in March; the clip shares some insight into Randi's long history here at Bread for the City, and features some pretty adorable old-school pictures. Note the shot of her with a pregnant woman: back in the day when Bread for the City's clinic was in a basement without, like, actual doors! The distance from those humble beginnings to our in-the-works expanded medical center speaks to a great vision and commitment.

What's the Oscar for doctors? Whatever it is, one can safely assume she'll get that next. Though it should be noted that Dr. Randi was unaware that she'd been nominated for any of these awards, and really was only convinced to receive them because these were good opportunities for her to draw attention to the work of Bread for the City itself. Because who has time for awards ceremonies when there are patients to treat?

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