The AHA honored several leading volunteers at its annual Awards Luncheon in Dallas on June 24. Congratulations to the MAA’s prestigious award winners! Awards of Meritorious Achievement were presented to Pegui Maridueña, CMC, MBA, and Bertram L. Scott. They were recognized for their leadership and guidance as advisors for multicultural inclusiveness and relevance in AHA communications and marketing campaigns, including the Life is Why branding platform. Maridueña is president of StarMar Consulting in Alpharetta, Georgia. Scott is senior vice president of population health at Novant Health, Inc., in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Ron Haddock AHA/ASA International Impact Award was presented to Sidney C. Smith, Jr., MD, FAHA. The award recognizes important service in support of the association’s international programs. Smith, a professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a senior advisor to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, was honored for his important, enduring contributions to the AHA’s efforts to address the global impact of non-communicable diseases and also advance the quality of care in hospitals worldwide through the implementation of Get With The Guidelines and other quality programs. Smith was the association’s president in 1995-96.