LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samuel S. Lee, Chairman and CEO of Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc., is being honored tonight as a recipient of the Arthritis Foundation’s 2014 Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award. Lee will receive the award at the Foundation’s 29th annual Commitment to a Cure Awards Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The other honorees are renowned rheumatologist E. Robert Harris, MD, and his wife, Delly Harris, RN, and Deen Castronovo, drummer and vocalist of the legendary rock band Journey, and his fiancée, Deidra.
“The Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award is the Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region’s highest honor and recognizes individuals and organizations for their leadership and dedication to humanitarian causes,” said Manuel Loya, CEO of the Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region. “Sam Lee is being honored for his commitment to research and dedication to community health and wellness by improving quality and reducing costs of patient care.”
“I am both humbled and proud to have been chosen by the Arthritis Foundation to receive this award,” said Lee. “Finding a cure for arthritis is a very personal issue to me as I have a close family member who faces the daily challenges of rheumatoid arthritis. As CEO of Prospect Medical Holdings, I am also proud of the excellent care offered by our dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff who provide the support needed to help improve the quality of life for patients with chronic diseases such as arthritis.”
Mitchell Lew, MD, CEO of Prospect Medical Systems, a subsidiary of Prospect Medical Holdings, noted Lee’s role in overseeing the company’s rapid growth as a healthcare innovator. “Sam is a committed, thoughtful healthcare leader with a singular vision for meeting the challenges of healthcare delivery,” Dr. Lew said. “As CEO of Prospect Medical Holdings, Sam has put this vision into practice. Prospect’s unique healthcare delivery model, called Coordinated-Regional-Care, focuses on making sure our patients receive the right care at the right time in the right place – whether it’s in a hospital, an outpatient clinic, a doctor’s office or even in their own home. The result is better quality of care at lower cost.”
David Topper, President of Alta Hospitals System, a subsidiary of Prospect Medical Holdings, co-founded Alta with Lee in 1998. “Sam has been my partner for nearly 16 years, and this recognition by the Arthritis Foundation is very fitting because Sam and Prospect both share the Foundation’s commitment to enhancing community health and wellness,” Topper said.
About Prospect Medical Holdings
Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc. is an innovative healthcare services company that owns 13 hospitals, with a total of 2,258 licensed beds, as well as 40 clinics and outpatient centers. Prospect also manages the provision of healthcare services for over 265,000 members enrolled in its networks of over 8,900 primary care physicians and specialists. Prospect’s hospitals are located in diverse, high-density population areas within five markets in California, Texas, and Rhode Island.
About the Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award
Actress Jane Wyman suffered with the pain of arthritis for many years. The award bearing her name was created in 1985, and is the most prestigious honor conferred by the Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region. The award recognizes individuals and organizations demonstrating leadership and commitment to humanitarian causes. Previous award recipients include Danny Glover (2012), Teri Hatcher (2011), Terry Fator (2010), Al Pacino (2009), Joe Torre (2008), William Friedkin, Chick Hearn, Sarah Purcell and Victoria Principal, as well as renowned corporate and medical professionals.
About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org)
is committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of arthritis,
the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Foundation funds
life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more
than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives
of the nearly 53 million adults and children who live with arthritis;
and partners with families to provide empowering programs and
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