TARA NIEUWESTEEG, D CEO December 2017

Portraits by SOHOSTORY

Achievement in Community Outreach

The Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Sports Physical and Echocardiogram (ECHO) Community Outreach Program was created after a local high school football player died on the field. The student was a victim of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a treatable heart condition that’s the leading cause of sudden death among young athletes. Seeking to combat similar preventable losses, ECHO Community Outreach leaders Angel Biasatti, Alan Taylor, Jeff McDaniel, and Karen Yates launched a cost-effective program that screens young athletes for cardiac abnormalities at no charge to their families. The program reaches more than 33,000 students in a 200-square-mile radius and, since its 2007 inception, has performed more than 1,000 ECHOs and 6,000 sports physicals.

Finalists: Kids Teaching Kids, Medical City Healthcare; Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, Texas Health Resources; Connecting the Dots Symposium, Baylor Scott & White Health

 

SOHOSTORY

Mike Koenig

Outstanding Healthcare Volunteer

Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Seventy-year-old Mike Koenig works the information desk at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center every Wednesday. “I get so much more out of being there and serving others than I give,” says Koenig, a former Air Force lieutenant colonel. Greeting and assisting patients is a big part of his volunteer work, but whether it’s raising money, helping with new program launches, selling raffle tickets, chairing volunteer committees, or donating to raffles, Koenig prides himself on serving Methodist Mansfield in any way he can. Since 2014, he’s donated more than 1,300 volunteer hours and, in the past year and a half, he’s helped raise $31,000.

Finalist: Martha Healy, Baylor Scott & White Health