Helen Hayes Hospital will host its 117th annual Honors Assembly on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in the hospital’s atrium. The event recognizes the outstanding achievements of the physical rehabilitation hospital’s patients over the past year and will honor patients from Rockland, Orange and Putnam Counties who have overcome incredible odds during their rehabilitation journey, inspiring others along the way.

The Honors Assembly began in 1900 as a school graduation ceremony for children at the then pediatric rehabilitation facility. During her long history advocating for the hospital, Helen Hayes McArthur herself presented diplomas, and later awards, to the hospital’s patients. The public is invited to join patients, staff, volunteers, local dignitaries, the Helen Hayes Hospital Board of Visitors and the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation at this inspirational ceremony. A reception will follow immediately in the hospital’s Noyes Conference Center.

Award Recipients:

HHH Spirit of Achievement Award – Linda Wells, Monroe, NY
This Award, the highest honor, is presented to the patient who, despite overwhelming odds, demonstrates outstanding courage and determination and excels in his or her rehabilitation program. This awardee personifies the attitude, spirit and resolve that constitutes rehabilitation medicine.

Helen Hayes MacArthur Rose Award – Richard Tanagretta, Pine Bush, NY
Established in 1993 upon Mrs. MacArthur’s death, this award is presented to the patient whose love of life and caring concern for others has made a difference in the lives of the hospital’s patients and/or staff. It reflects Mrs. MacArthur’s own zest for life and the beauty of her famed rose garden.

Prize for Pediatric Progress – Aedan Roach, Port Jervis, NY
A very special prize designed to recognize and award the hospital’s youngest patients who struggle to overcome obstacles and adversity, and amaze us with their strength and abilities. Originally opened as a pediatric facility in 1900, HHH remains committed to enabling children to live as normal and independent a life as possible.

Rehab Technology Trophy – Shirley Lewis, Spring Valley, NY

Presented to a patient or patients who have made significant progress toward recovery through the utilization of rehabilitation and/or assistive technology at the hospital. The application of such technology improves patients’ mobility, independence and communication and enhances life.

Continuing Care Cup – Keith Stagg, Mahopac, NY
Through the provision of an extensive continuum of care, HHH seeks to address ongoing and lifelong needs of individuals living with physical disabilities. This award recognizes an individual who has benefited from ongoing therapies, specialty services and a commitment to continuing to get better.

Medal of Independence – Tommy McGuire, Congers, NY; Ivan Pizzaro, Walden, NY; Juan Rodriguez, Chester, NY   
This honor is reserved for patients who have overcome a catastrophic, disabling neurological injury, such as a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or stroke. Requiring extensive rehabilitation to manage the devastating consequences, these injuries can only be overcome by a patient who demonstrates hard work and resiliency.

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