Dr. Bassam Nasr Distinguished Community Champion Award Video from 2nd annual award presentation.
Due to current conditions the award was announced at the virtual General meeting on January 12, 2121.
When Dr. Mercatante accepted the position of Medical Health Officer of the St. Clair County Health Department, she could never have foreseen the unprecedented health crisis that would envelop our nation. Nor could she have foreseen the need to rapidly redefine the mission of the Health Department from “achieving optimal wellbeing” to containing the local impact of a worldwide pandemic and keeping the citizens of our community alive. The need for strong leadership was immediate, and Dr. Mercatante met the challenge with expertise, fast and precise decision making and the swift actions needed to maximize available resources to care for our Covid patients. The Health Department suddenly became critical in our community’s response to Covid-19, including our access to essential training, procurement of PPE, contact tracing, developing risk profiles, maintaining and disseminating data on resource availability and ultimately taking a pivotal role in the vaccination process. Dr. Mercatante’s leadership has been tireless, and her expertise has been a vital factor in minimizing the number of Covid deaths in our community. Dr. Annette Mercatante has, throughout the Covid crisis, epitomized the spirit of the Dr. Bassam Nasr Community Service Leader Award.
Dr. Reddy has earned her place as one of the most dedicated volunteers our medical community has ever known. Throughout her years in private practice, she spearheaded numerous volunteer organizations with the goal of improving the fitness, nutrition skills and overall wellness of both children and adults in our community. She was a leader in bringing “Prescribe the Y” to local physicians and patients. She started the Blue Water Walking Club nearly 20 years ago, she has been the driving force behind “Walk for Summer Reading” since 2009, she has volunteered at the People’s Clinic for over 15 years and she has generously given her time to many additional causes. She has served on multiple Boards of Directors, including the YMCA, McLaren Port Huron Diabetes Advisory Committee, The Community Foundation of St. Clair County and The Port Huron Area School District Health Advisory Committee. She has been a leader among us in freely giving her time and talents to the people in our community for nearly 30 years, and she has done so with great enthusiasm and dedication. Dr. Sushma Reddy truly embodies the spirit of the Dr. Bassam Nasr Community Service Leader Award.