Community service, EWI, and AAOS Now are honored
On July 18, 2011, the AAOS was honored with the 2011 Take Pride in America® National Non-Profit Volunteer Award for its annual one-day playground build held in conjunction with the AAOS Annual Meeting. AAOS Second Vice-President, Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, accepted the award at an awards ceremony held at the White House. The AAOS was among 14 individuals and groups honored for enhancing America’s public lands and expanding outdoor recreation and sustainable tourism.
“This annual project demonstrates the Academy’s long-term commitment to raising awareness about accessibility, fitness, and injury prevention for people of all ages and abilities,” said Dr. Jacobs during his remarks.
For the past 12 years the AAOS, along with its partner KaBOOM!, a national non-profit agencydedicated to building a safe place to play within walking distance of every child in America, has hosted a one-day volunteer playground build at its Annual Meeting. The 2011 build in San Diego marked the first time the two organizations, along with San Diego Youth Services, the Spring Valley Youth and Family Coalition, and the La Mesa/Spring Valley School District, built a 6,100-square foot multigenerational “Family Fitness and Fun Park.”
“The partnership by the Academy and KaBOOM! has invigorated and transformed a local San Diego neighborhood to serve thousands of local residents,” said Doug Blankinship, volunteer.gov/gov portal manager for the Department of Interior and senior advisor to the Take Pride in America program. “The AAOS and KaBOOM! have an unwavering commitment to stewardship of public lands and provision of safe play spaces.”
ASHPE Silver Award to AAOS Now
The American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (AHSPE) presented a Silver Award to AAOS Now in the category “Best Single News Article” for the story “Orthopaedic surgeons bring healing to Haiti,” which appeared in the March 2010 issue and was written by Maureen Leahy, assistant managing editor of AAOS Now.
The ASHPE recognizes editoral excellence and achievement in the field of healthcare publishing. An award certificate was presented to AAOS Now Editor-in-Chief S. Terry Canale, MD, by Communications Cabinet Chair Michael F. Schafer, MD, during the Cabinet’s July 29, 2011, meeting.
ASAE “Power of A” Gold Award
The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) recognized the AAOS Extremity War Injuries (EWI) symposium with its “Power of A” Gold Award on Aug. 6, 2011. The Gold Award is the ASAE’s second-highest level of recognition, recognizing and celebrating the extraordinary contributions associations make to society and showing how associations make a stronger America and world.
During the ASAE annual meeting, Kathleen Caswell, executive director of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), accepted the award. The OTA, the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), and the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons (SOMOS) partner with the AAOS to sponsor the annual EWI symposium, which focuses on various aspects of treatment and research for extremity injuries incurred on the battlefield.