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Published on March 23, 2010

Daily Record Names Executive Director of Adventist HealthCare's Center on Health Disparities a 2010 Health Care Hero

Marcos Pesquera honored for outreach efforts to help diverse communities

Rockville, MD. - Marcos Pesquera, Executive Director of Adventist HealthCare's Center on Health Disparities, has been named a 2010 Health Care Hero for Community Outreach by The Daily Record newspaper in Baltimore. Pesquera and the Center help Adventist HealthCare and its community partners provide care to patients in the region who are multi-lingual and multi-cultural.

Health Care Heroes was created in 2003 to honor those in health care who change lives. The Daily Record, a business newspaper, annually honors statewide nominees for their contributions in the categories of Advancements, Community Outreach, Volunteer, Physician, Nurse, Health Care Professional, First Responder and Animal Care Provider.

"I want to thank the Daily Record for recognizing the importance of addressing health disparities in Maryland," Pesquera said. "The Center on Health Disparities is blessed to work with many wonderful partners who share our commitment to improving access to medical care."
The Center on Health Disparities, a key component of Adventist HealthCare's Vision for Expanded Access, began its work in 2007 with a focus on three areas: training & education, research, and health-care delivery.
Since then, the Center has trained more than 5,500 Adventist HealthCare employees and 580 community health partners, including Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Priority Partners, health leaders and community health organizations in several counties. The training, in the classroom and online, instructs health-care providers how to deliver and communicate care in a way that is sensitive to a patient's cultural beliefs and preferred language in order to treat disease, improve health outcomes and achieve and maintain wellness.

"I would like to congratulate Marcos and the Center on Health Disparities for their work in removing barriers to medical care for our growing and diverse communities," said William G. "Bill" Robertson, President and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. "The Center on Health Disparities helps Adventist HealthCare and our community partners understand the wealth of diversity that exists in our communities, the different health beliefs and health-seeking behaviors practiced, and how trust is built between patients and medical providers."
In addition, the Center on Health Disparities also has trained bilingual staff in Adventist HealthCare's hospitals in proper medical interpretation to help eliminate language barriers and ensure patients with limited English-language proficiency have a full understanding of important health-care decisions. The Center has trained 232 staff members in 10 languages, including: Amharic, Arabic, Cantonese, Farsi, French, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

The Daily Record will present the 2010 Health Care Hero awards at a breakfast on March 24 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor Hotel from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

To learn more, watch Marcos Pesquera's video on Adventist HealthCare's Center on Health Disparities Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HealthDisparities.

Adventist HealthCare's Center on Health Disparities was started in 2007 to provide quality care to everyone by bridging the health-care access gap in our communities. The Center is a recognized expert in addressing health-care disparities and building health-care equity. Among its partners are the Brookings Institution, Johns Hopkins Priority Partners, US Department of Health & Human Services, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, University of Maryland, School of Public Health, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties Departments of Health and Human Services and Montgomery Cares Clinics.

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery organization based in Rockville, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. The mission of Adventist HealthCare is to demonstrate God's care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. Adventist HealthCare includes Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Adventist Behavioral Health Services, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Senior Living Services, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Adventist Home Health Services, and the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children.