Cleveland Clinic Florida honored Glenys Garcia, owner of Arepas Madness Plus Catering, with the Community Service Award during its annual Hispanic Heritage Reception held on September 30, 2009. Garcia was chosen out of seven nominees for her efforts to provide free meals to families in need and her significant and meaningful contributions to the Hispanic community and South Florida.
More than 100 guests gathered at the private reception, celebrating the community’s cultural diversity with Hispanic cuisine and entertainment. The evening included notables such as City of Weston Commissioners Mercedes Henriksson and Angel Gonzalez, past Community Service Award recipient Fabio Andrade, Jose Lopez, president of the Latin Chamber of Commerce of Broward County and Frank Nieves, president of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Broward County.
“We are honored to present Ms. Garcia with the Cleveland Clinic Community Service Award,” said Dr. Juan Nogueras, chief medical officer at Cleveland Clinic Florida. “As a prominent member of the Hispanic community in South Florida, she has continuously worked to support those in need.”
Other award nominees recognized at the reception included Sandra Ramon, vice president of Mujeres Latinas; Sylvia Bello, an executive with El Venezolano; Juan Carlos Arias, president of the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association; Joseph Roth, past resident of the Rotary of Weston; neurosurgeon Laureano Chileuitt, MD; and Betty Silva, a past president (2007-2008) of Mujeres Latinas.
The reception kicked off Cleveland Clinic’s seventh annual Hispanic lecture series, “Su Salud, Su Vida.” Presented in Spanish by members of Cleveland Clinic’s healthcare team, the lectures run October through November, covering a variety of important health topics including uterine fibroid treatments, women’s health issues, diabetes and heart disease, and a new treatment for sinus conditions.
Cleveland Clinic, located in Weston and West Palm Beach, Florida, is a not-for-profit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic has nearly 170 physicians with expertise in 35 specialties. The medical campus is fully integrated and includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery, and a 24-hour emergency department located in the state-of-the-art hospital, which was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® in cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters in 2007 and 2008. Cleveland Clinic is 1 of only 13 hospitals in the nation recognized at the Gold level by the American Heart Association for performance in all three categories of the Get with the Guidelines program: Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Failure & Stroke. Cleveland Clinic Florida is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida, visit www.clevelandclinicflorida.org.