Burke Receives ATA President’s Award

Burke’s Mental Health Emergency Center (MHEC) recently received the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) President’s Award for Innovation in Remote Health Care. “Recognizing excellence in the field of telemedicine is an important component of ATA’s mandate to identify and honor leaders in healthcare,” said Edward M. Brown MD, President of ATA. The award recognizes organizations on the forefront of healthcare technology for their significant contributions to the development of telemedicine.

The President’s Award was formally accepted at the ATA 2014 Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Baltimore, Maryland. Receiving the award for Burke was David Cozadd, Burke Board of Trustees member, and Dr. Avrim Fishkind, CEO of JSA Health Telepsychiatry which provides psychiatrists who treat clients at the Mental Health Emergency Center (MHEC) via teleconferencing.

“This is a great honor,” said Susan Rushing, CEO of Burke. “Congratulations to all the MHEC staff, as well as our Rural East Texas Health Network partners across the region for this recognition of their hard work and innovation.”

The American Telemedicine Association is the leading international resource and advocate promoting the use of advanced remote medical technologies. ATA and its diverse membership, works to fully integrate telemedicine into transformed healthcare systems to improve quality, equity and affordability of healthcare throughout the world. The ATA Annual Awards have an open nomination period each spring; winners are selected by a peer committee of telemedicine leaders from academia and industry.

Shown here with the ATA President’s Award are (left to right) Susan Rushing, Burke CEO, and David Cozadd, Burke Trustee.

Contact Shelly Ladden, Burke, (936) 633-5620, shellyl@myburke.org.