September 15, 2017
11 days since
our celebration.
Dear Harlem Hospital Department of Medicine Family & Griends

Our Gala Tribute to Dr Gerald E. Thomson held at Harlem Hospital  Sept 15-16, 2017 was a tremendous success! There were over 110 Colleagues and friends who gathered in New York City to reconnect and to pay tribute to Dr Thomson.

On Friday Sept 15, 2017 many colleagues attended the one day conference on the Improvement of Health for the Elderly Black Population. Our keynote speaker for the event was Dr Mary Travis Bassett, Commissioner of Health for the City of New York.
Following the conference colleagues gathered at nearby Syvia's resaurant to reconnect.

Saturday Sept 16 was kicked off with a group visit to the Schomburg Library. We had a wonderful guided tour of the facility and learned a great deal about the history of the collection.
 
The Gala Dinner was held at Harlem Hospital in the beautiful new Mural Pavilion.  
During the Gala we paid tribute to our colleagues who had passed. We also shared the opportunity to recognize the special accomplishemts of our colleagues through Specail awards which we granted in memory of  colleagues and teachers no longer with us. Dr Linnea Capps received the Dr Dale Blacksock Memorial Award for Excellence in Medical Education & Community Service, Drs Carolyn Britton and Valentine Burroughs were co-recipients of the Dr Charles Yergan Memorial Award for Leadership in the Medical Community, Dr Jonathan House  and Dr Mauvareen Beverley were co-recipients of  the Dr Cecil Marquez Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievements Towards the improvement of Patient Care through Advocacy & Patient Education. Dr Patricia Bath received the Dr. John Lindenbaum & Dr Jeanne Smioth Memorial Visionary Award For Research, Innovation & Patient Care

The Honorable Dr Mary Travis Bassett, Commissioner of Health for the City of New York received the 1st Dr. Gerald Thomson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medicine.

Of course the highlight of the weekend was the recognition of Dr Thomson for his years of devoted service in medical education and the imporovement of patient care in the City of New York, Nationally and Globally. 
In his remarks Dr Thomson urged us to stay connected  through our common bond as Harlem Hospital Department of Medicine family. There is a lot more that all of us can still do in the struggle to erase disparities in Health Care. 

We on the planning committee hope that there will be future reunions to maintain our bond and that those who could not attend tis event will be able to join us in the future. 
This web page will remain active as a message board. We urge those who attended the reunion to post photographs. Video footage of the event is also now available through links on the Evite site andface book page.
Thank you to all who attended and to those who sent in generous donations to support this effort. Copies of the brochure will be going soon to those who could not attend but who sent donations.

Sincerely,

The Harlem Hospital Department of Medicine Reunion Planning Committe for 1975-1985  
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