AMPHS volunteers receive the 2015 EmblemHealth Commitment to Care Award

On Wednesday, September 30, AMPHS was honored to receive the 2015 EmblemHealth Commitment to Care Award alongside such admirable organizations as the Chinese-American Planning Council​ Nan Shan Senior Center and the Flushing Chinese Business Association.

Councilman Peter Koo speaking at the EmblemHealth Commitment to Care Lecture & Award Ceremony

Councilman Peter Koo, affectionately referred to as the “Mayor” of Flushing, spoke at the event about the rising costs of care in the U.S., something he’s uniquely qualified to speak to as a pharmacist. With the price of life-saving drugs skyrocketing and crippling bills being issued for even a two-mile trip in an ambulance (Councilman Koo sardonically advised the audience that they might be better off finding another route to the hospital), the councilman thanked the recipients of the award for their efforts to disrupt such an inequitable and unsustainable system.

Dr. Russell Petrella, EVP of EmblemHealth, says the following about AMPHS: “The Academy of Medical & Public Health Services is one of three distinguished organizations that will be honored for its commitment to enhancing the quality of life in New York City. The Academy’s dedication to providing care, services, and support to the residents of New York is commendable. To celebrate this outstanding contribution, we would like to present [AMPHS] with the Commitment to Care Award for eliminating barriers to clinical health care services for underserved immigrant populations.”

Previous recipients of the award include the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Chinese American Medical Society, National Council of Negro Women, Organization of Chinese Americans, Harlem Children’s Zone, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, and University Settlement, among other notable organizations. We at AMPHS couldn’t be happier to be included among these important and influential ranks, and to work together to ensure the basic human right of quality healthcare for all NYC residents.

Our heartfelt thanks to EmblemHealth for this incredible honor, and to our volunteers who make the work we do at AMPHS possible.