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M. D. Anderson Recognizes the Houston Chronicle with the Joseph T. Ainsworth, M.D. Volunteer Community Awar

M. D. Anderson Recognizes the Houston Chronicle with the Joseph T. Ainsworth, M.D. Volunteer Community Award
M. D. Anderson News Release 04/10/00

What's black and white and read all over The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center?It's the Houston Chronicle.

The Department of Volunteer Services at M. D. Anderson will honor the Chronicle for its contributions to the institution with the 2000 Joseph T. Ainsworth, M.D. Volunteer Community Award at its upcoming Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. The annual event is held in celebration of National Volunteer Week, April 9-15.

Because of the Chronicle's generosity in making the newspaper available at a greatly reduced rate, the Department of Volunteer Services is able to provide M. D. Anderson patients with a daily newspaper, helping patients and their family members keep in touch with the world outside the institution.

"We are pleased to honor the Houston Chronicle with this award," says Mary Nell Lovett, director of volunteer services. "Sometimes a hospital visit can be isolating and keeping current with the world's news helps patients stay up-to-date and informed about what is going on outside their illness. Without the underwriting of the Chronicle, it would be difficult for Volunteer Services to provide newspapers on a daily basis to our patients."

This year's award will be presented to the Houston Chronicle at a volunteer recognition celebration April 12 at the Warwick Hotel, which is sponsored by the Department of Volunteer Services and the Physicians Referral Service. Louise Parsley, local writer and M. D. Anderson volunteer, will be the guest speaker. In addition, other volunteers will be presented with service pins for their hours of assistance at the institution.

The Ainsworth Award, which is given to recognize individuals, groups and organizations for their volunteer contributions of time and talent to the patients of M. D. Anderson, was originally established in 1975 as the Community Service Award. In 1987, the award was renamed for Joseph T. Ainsworth, M.D., who is also a past chairman of the board of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and past president of the Harris County Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Ainsworth began his association with M. D. Anderson in 1977 and was later appointed vice president for patient care. Always an advocate for voluntarism, he firmly believes that it is important to provide the best possible medical treatment for patients as well as to offer a supportive atmosphere for them and their families.

The Joseph T. Ainsworth, M.D. Volunteer Community Award honors Dr. Ainsworth and his continuing active involvement with many community projects as well as the award recipient each year. Past honorees include Exxon, Duke Energy, Randall's and the Houston Public Library.

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