Family Medicine and Community Health Pioneer Wins Jessie Trice Hero Award

Robert Schwartz, M.D., professor and Chair of Family Medicine and Community Health, has been honored with the Jessie Trice Hero Award for his tremendous leadership in health information technology initiatives and his unwavering commitment to providing care to the underserved.

“I am truly honored to be the recipient of the Jessie Trice Hero Award, and I hope to continue serving the Miami communities’ health care needs, especially those of the underserved,” said Schwartz.

Schwartz received the award from the Health Choice Network of Florida at a September 19 awards benefit. He was nominated by the network’s President and CEO Kevin Kearns.

Schwartz was elected Chair of the South Florida Regional Extension Center steering committee, which was established with $8.5 million in federal stimulus to help health care professionals in South Florida adopt electronic medical records.

The Jessie Trice Hero Award honors individuals who exemplify excellence in health promotion, commitment to quality health care and successful partnerships in the community.

In 2003, Schwartz was recognized by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce with the esteemed Health Care Heroes Award for his leadership in establishing the Jefferson Reaves Sr. Health Center in Overtown, one of Miami’s poorest communities. The center serves as a teaching environment for family medicine residents, medical students and allied health care professionals and delivers comprehensive care to the community. Schwartz also was instrumental in securing an annual $1 million award, now in its eighth year, from the United Health Foundation to improve access to health care.

As an information technology connoisseur, Schwartz is available to his patients via email and text messaging, further elevating his level of commitment to provide high-quality primary care.

He also was responsible for establishing a new hospice-palliative care fellowship program in a unique partnership with a national palliative care organization that intertwines the seemingly contradictory interests of reaching into the future of medicine using information technology, and reaching into medicine’s rich and personalized past through home visits and old-fashioned doctor-patient relationships. This has earned Dr. Schwartz the nickname “Marcus Welby with an iPhone.”

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