Baumgartner, LaBarbera honored with 2017 Healthcare Awards

Max and DawnFORT WAYNE — Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly will honor two Trine University faculty members at its 2017 Healthcare Awards during a ceremony on Oct. 26.

Max Baumgartner, P.T., Ph.D., dean of the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences, will receive the Advancement in Healthcare award.

Dawn LaBarbera, Ph.D., PA-C, DFAAPA, director of Trine University’s emerging Master of Physician Assistant Studies program, will be recognized as the Physician Assistant of the Year.

“The university has recognized for some time the exemplary leadership that Max and Dawn have given to our health sciences programs and the push they have made for our programs, students and graduates to make a positive impact on the community,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine University president. “It is very gratifying to see them honored in this way.”

The awards recognize individuals and organizations making significant contributions to the quality of health care in northeast Indiana. The honorees — 13 in all — were selected by a panel of judges from nominations submitted online.

“We’re proud of the impact that Trine University’s growing health sciences programs — both at our Health Sciences Education Center in Fort Wayne and on our main campus — are having on health care in the region,” said A. Allen Hersel, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs at Trine. “This recognition is well-deserved by Max, Dawn and all the faculty of the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences.”

KPC Media Group, publisher of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, said in a press release that all the winners exemplify the significant contributions one individual can make to the quality of health care for all in northeast Indiana.

“This year the nominations represented extremely dedicated healthcare professionals and organizations deserving of recognition,” said Randy Mitchell, CEO, KPC Media Group Inc. and publisher of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.  “Outstanding healthcare workers may receive the gratitude of their patients every day but are rarely recognized publically. By honoring these professionals and organizations, we are recognizing the important role quality health care plays in a community’s growth.” 

 The honorees will be featured in the Oct. 27 edition of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly and honored at a dinner event on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Conference Center. The Memorial Coliseum is the official venue for all 2017 Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly events.

Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly is a business journal covering the 12-county region surrounding Fort Wayne.