The 2011 Arkansas Medical Society Annual Meeting was this past weekend. Each year two awards are given: the Asklepion Award and the Shuffield Award.
The Asklepion Award is presented to an AMS member physician who promotes the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health; embodies the values of the medical profession through leadership, service, excellence, integrity and ethical behavior; and enriches patients, colleagues and the community through dedicated medical practice.
This year’s recipient of the Asklepion Award is Morriss M. Henry, MD. He is a retired ophthalmologist in Fayetteville who has been active in both medicine and in our state government since he began his practice in 1961. He served as president of the AMS in 1982 and has served on multiple boards. Dr. Henry served in the Arkansas legislature as State Representative (1967-1971) and State Senator (1971-1984). He has been involved in many community endeavors, including the development of the Jones Eye Institute at UAMS and Hobbs State Park.
The Shuffield Award is the highest honor in the medical community for a non-physician. It recognizes an Arkansas who has done outstanding community work in the health care field. The Shuffield Award is named in memory of Doctors Joe and Elvin Shuffield, a father and son physician team from Little Rock, who devoted their lives to improving the quality of health care in this state.
This year’s recipient of the Shuffield Award is Charles ‘Ship’ Mooney, Jr. He has practiced law in Jonesboro, Arkansas for the past 28 years. The award was given to him for the work he has done as the founder of “The Out of the Dark Movement” which he started in the fall of 2008. He was spurred into action after reading in his local paper the report of 5 heroin overdoses in community youths. His first action was to write a letter to the editor which was published. This resulted in a public meeting regarding the issue at which 250 people showed up. One hundred of them signed up to help try to solve local issues caused by chemical addiction in their community. They now have more than a thousand volunteers. (photo credit)