New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 1, 2004–The Interamerican College of Physicians and Surgeons (ICPS), the oldest and largest national Hispanic medical organization, recognizes eight physicians in New York City for their leadership in treating asthma among children within the Hispanic community at an awards ceremony on Friday, October 1st. The awards luncheon sponsored by “Niños Saludablez,” will be held at Lincoln Hospital Auditorium in the Bronx and is designed to help raise the Hispanic community’s awareness of asthma and the importance of early diagnosis and proper treatment.
The physicians being honored were selected by the Interamerican College of Physicians and Surgeons and Chief of Medicine from their institutions, based on their patient care practices and therefore the impact their efforts have on asthmatic children and their families. Rene Rodriguez, MD, President of the ICPS, will be presenting the awards to the following honorees: Adam Aponte, M.D.; Dora M. Alvarez, M.D.; Benjamin Ortiz, M.D.; Carmen Martinez, M.D.; Carlos Manuel Meletiche, M.D., Maria Martorell-Fox, M.D., Carlos Rivera, M.D. and Orlando Perales, M.D.
“Hispanic children have been severely and disproportionately affected by asthma,” said Rene F. Rodriguez, M.D., president of the ICPS, an organization that represents over 39,000 Hispanic physicians in the United States and Puerto Rico. “The physicians we are honoring are leaders in asthma diagnoses, treatment, and education in New York City. On a daily basis they are working to save our children’s lives.”
Speakers at the awards lunch include Antonia C. Novello, M.D., New York State Commissioner of Health; Rene Rodriguez, M.D., Founder and President of the ICPS; Mr. Jose Sanchez, Senior Vice-president of the Generations +/ Northern Manhattan Health Network; and David Brennan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AstraZeneca L.P.
Nationwide, over 6 million children are affected by asthma, according to the undiagnosed or are affected by other breathing problems. Left untreated, these children suffer from high rates of school absences and are far less active with outdoor activities. In some cases, children can die from asthma.
“As leaders in the field of research and treatment of asthma, one of our priorities is health education within the community,” said David Brennan, President and Chief Executive Officer of AstraZeneca L.P. “We are pleased to have partners within the community who feel this same urgency and are willing to put forward the resources and energy needed for this endeavor. Our partners include The East Harlem Asthma Working Group and The Interamerican College of Physicians and Surgeons,” he added.
The Interamerican College of Physicians and Surgeons (ICPS) was founded in 1979 to promote cooperation among Hispanic physicians and to advance their professional and educational needs. Today, ICPS reaches a vast majority of the Hispanic medical community in the United States and Puerto Rico — over 39,000 physicians — and a growing number of health professionals in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Spain through its publications, conferences, and links to Hispanic medical societies. The ICPS is the largest association of Hispanic physicians in the nation. ICPS is incorporated in the District of Columbia as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization. It is a powerful professional network that provides information and support to physicians, faculty, researchers, health institutions, government agencies, community-based organizations, and medical societies in the United States, Spain, and Latin America. The Goals of ICPS are to improve the health of the Hispanic community, reduce incidence of preventable diseases, improve educational and leadership opportunities for Hispanic physicians and encourage Hispanics to pursue careers in the healthcare field.
AstraZeneca is a major international healthcare business engaged in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of prescription pharmaceuticals and the supply of healthcare services. AstraZeneca supports physicians and their asthma patients and families through the website http://www.everydaykidz.com which provides tips, education, and coping strategies for parents as well as visual elements to help young children understand their asthma.