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Friday, December 07, 2012 - Dr. Wael Salman Named 2012 Humanitarian of the Year

At its annual Holiday Reception on Thursday, December 6, Memorial Healthcare recognized outstanding individuals for their efforts in support of the services and programs offered by the Owosso-based 150-bed, not-for-profit health care facility.

Wael Salman, M.D., F.A.C.P., board certified and fellowship trained internal medicine physician and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Memorial Healthcare, (pictured at left) was recognized as the 2012 Margaret S. Gulick Humanitarian of the Year award recipient. 

Dr. Salman has been a very valuable member of the medical community for 17 years. He joined the medical staff at Memorial Healthcare in 1995 and has an active outpatient practice in the Owosso community. His wife, Reem Salman, M.D., is an internal medicine/pediatrics specialist, as well.

Dr. Salman has served in multiple leadership positions at Memorial Healthcare and brings substantial prudence and wisdom to those roles. He served as the Department of Medicine Chair in 2000 and 2001 and was Chief of Staff in 2004 and 2005. From 2002 to 2007 Dr. Salman brought his leadership to the deliberations of the Memorial Healthcare Board of Trustees. He served on the Board Executive, Board Performance Improvement and the Board Nominating Committees. He was the Chair of the Credentials Committee from 2008 to 2012 and has been Chair of the Utilization Review Committee since January 2011. He has served as Medical Director of the Case Management Department for many years and assumed the role of Vice President of Medical Affairs in early 2012.

Nominators describe Dr. Salman as, “A physician who treats his patients with the highest quality care, always displaying a very mature respect for all patients and colleagues. Dr. Salman fully exemplifies the leadership and personal qualities that qualify him for the Margaret S. Gulick 2012 Humanitarian of the Year Award.” Dr. Salman is held in the highest esteem by his colleagues and all whose paths cross his. In 2011, he was selected as Physician of the Year by the Medical Staff.

Dr. Salman and his wife have three children. He has been a soccer coach and has volunteered in the American Youth Soccer Organization since 2006. He is involved with teacher recognition and appreciation activities in the Flushing school district. He is a member of the American Arab Heritage Council. This social organization builds bridges among cultures and promotes cultural diversity while serving American and American-Arabs in the greater Flint area. Dr. Salman is also a member of the Flint Institute of Arts and the Flint Institute of Music.

This award was established in 1988 as a means of recognizing individuals who have provided outstanding service to Memorial Healthcare. Nominees must have been a member of the Memorial Healthcare family for at least six years and demonstrated positive leadership skills including participation in committees and programs for the development of Memorial Healthcare and the community.  Each year, the recipient is selected by a committee of former Humanitarians, Physicians, Trustees, Executives, and Directors.

Other individuals recognized during the event included the following individuals:

Dr. Margaret Snow, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist recently completed her term as Chief of Staff and Board of Trustee Member. She has been an active Medical Staff Member since 1995 and has served on the Board since 2006. 

Terri Brown began service on the Foundation Board of Directors in 2011, departing in 2012 to pursue a professional opportunity in Ludington, Michigan.  She provided valuable service as chair of the Silver Stars Steering Committee from 2010-2012 and helped to initiate the Art Bra Exhibit and Reception to raise funds for community cancer screenings.

Becky Chargo served as President of the Auxiliary from June 2011 to May 2012. Under Becky’s leadership, the Auxiliary fulfilled a $50,000 commitment to fund the purchase of cardiovascular monitoring equipment for use in the Emergency Department.  During her tenure, the Auxiliary also made a $37,000 commitment to purchase two new digital bronchoscopes and a $40,000 commitment for nurse call enhancements on 2 North.  Becky presently serves as an Advisor to the Memorial Auxiliary, is a Gift Shop volunteer, and is a Friends of Hospice Committee member where she has taken the lead in the production of the “Treasured Memories From the Heart” Cookbook.  We are thankful for her dedicated leadership of the Auxiliary and as an advocate for Memorial Healthcare and the Foundation in the community.