NOVEMBER 4, 2015 – Christopher King, PhD, FACHE, director of the Master of Science in Health Systems Administration Program at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, was selected as an honoree for the Greater Baden Medical Services’ Wall of Champions.
Greater Baden Medical Services, a federally qualified health center in southern Maryland, provides primary care and support services to the underserved. King previously served as director of program management and as a board member at the organization.
“During the event you will be recognized for improving the health of our community by promoting quality medical care for our most vulnerable neighbors,” writes Colenthia Malloy, EMBA, the organization’s CEO, in the award letter.
King, who was one of six people to receive the 2015 recognition, was honored at the event late last month and delivered remarks about the way his work at the organization, which houses a “special group of people,” has informed his approach to health.
“Improving the health of a population goes way beyond the sole delivery of high quality medical care,” he says. “We must recognize how social factors – like unstable housing, illiteracy, limited or no access to health foods – contribute to poor health status, and we must assess or integrate these factors as part of a standard of care.”
Patients, he says, must be treated with compassion, empathy, and patience, “. . . for these intangibles are just as important as good clinical care.”
Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, interim dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, congratulated King, also an assistant professor of health systems administration, on this honor.
“Since joining our school a short time ago, Christopher has made important contributions to our learning community,” says Cloonan. “With our school’s strategic focus on community engagement and promoting health equity, we are fortunate to have someone with Christopher’s professional background and perspective on our faculty.”
By Bill Cessato