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Rogers Award recognizes Pam Redden

Honors her expertise in patient-focused facilities

Promise - Fall 2012

By Sarah Watson

Pam Redden, director of clinical operations development at MD Anderson, is the recipient of the 2012 Julie and Ben Rogers Award for Excellence in Administration.

Redden led activation planning for MD Anderson’s Lowry and Peggy Mays Clinic and Dan L. Duncan Building. She’s since applied her expertise to numerous expansion and renovation projects. She says her 15 years as an ICU nurse and later as an outpatient nurse inform her daily interactions with clinical and business counterparts.

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“This focus on working together, accomplishing goals and creating positive outcomes for patients, staff, care providers and the health care community has been at the core of my success,” she says. “It’s a huge honor to receive this award and represent the administrative efforts of my colleagues to support MD Anderson’s mission areas. To be recognized by this prestigious award is less about me personally, and more about validating administration as a foundation of MD Anderson.”

The $10,000 award rotates annually among the areas of patient care, research, education, prevention and administration. Regina Rogers, a senior member of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors, established it in 1987 to honor her parents, the late Julie and Ben Rogers of Beaumont, Texas, and show appreciation for the treatment her brother and her mother received at the institution. 

Ben Rogers served on the Board of Visitors from 1978 until his death in 1994, when his daughter and wife established the Julie & Ben Rogers Breast Diagnostic Clinic in his memory. Julie Rogers died in 1998.

Regina Rogers’ relationship with MD Anderson dates to 1960, when her brother, Arvey Rogers, M.D., was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age 25.

“After a lengthy and successful surgery, performed by Dr. Edgar C. White and Dr. R. Lee Clark, he was able to continue leading a normal life,” says Rogers. “Then, in 1987, our mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thanks to the surgical expertise of Dr. Richard Martin and Dr. Fred Ames, her recovery was good and served to reinforce our family’s commitment to MD Anderson. I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue this award in honor of my parents and to recognize excellence at an institution that’s played such an important role in eliminating cancer as a major health threat.”

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