SAFEchild’s Health Care Heroes

The medical team of the SAFEchild Advocacy Center is a finalist for the Triangle Business Journal 2013 Health Care Heroes Awards. Led by Dr. Elizabeth Witman, Medical Director for the SAFEchild Advocacy Center, the team also includes Dr. David F. Adams, Dr. Ben Alexander, and Holly Warner, FNP.  Each member of the team is a North Carolina child abuse medical evaluator, and provides medical examinations for children served at the SAFEchild Advocacy Center. More than 550 young victims of sexual or physical abuse have been have been assisted since the Center opened on Nov. 1, 2010.

Without SAFEchild’s medical team, truly SAFEchild’s Health Care Heroes, Wake County’s most vulnerable children would not have accessible, supreme intervention and treatment that promotes hope and healing. Children’s medical exams assess children’s safety and well-being, and include a thorough review of medical, developmental, educational and psychosocial history. The medical report and needs are also managed by the Wake County Multidisciplinary Team (which includes social workers, law enforcement representatives, the district attorney’s office, and mental health representatives) which works through the Advocacy Center.

Triangle Business Journal announced the 29 finalists for its 2013 Health Care Heroes Awards on February 19. The group includes doctors, nurses, volunteers and administrators, all of whom will be honored at an awards dinner on March 21 at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel.

The winners will be announced at the event and profiles of the honorees will be published as part of a special section in the March 22 issue of Triangle Business Journal.

Cristin DeRonja, director of the SAFEchild Advocacy Center, nominated the medical team for recognition in the community outreach category.

“Without witnessing these medical professionals in action and without being here at the center to listen to children’s whispers of pain and sorrow first hand, it may be difficult to fully appreciate the gap of services this center and these Healthcare Heroes have helped fulfill,” DeRonja wrote in the nomination. “Please know that my words of praise are not an exaggeration and do not stem from a biased perspective.  I wish there was not a need for the center’s services and I wish these Healthcare Heroes were only called to diagnose ear infections, but unfortunately that is not reality. I hope you will help me recognize and celebrate their remarkable outreach in our community.”

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