Today I attended the Care Ring Hope for Community Health Annual Luncheon as the guest of Michelle Spak (Associate General Counsel for Duke Energy Corporation and Care Ring Board Member). “Care Ring is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing preventive health services for the uninsured, underinsured or those lacking access to affordable, high-quality preventive health care. The organization annually serves more than 7,000 people in Mecklenburg County and is a leader in collaborative efforts to improve community health.” Care Ring,

At the event today, Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown and Dr. Alisahah Cole received the Maribelle Connerat Award for their dedication to the health of our community.

The Maribelle Connerat Award is one of MANY deserved commendations Dr. Garmon-Brown has received throughout her years as a healthcare provider and involved member of the Charlotte community.

Dr. Garmon-Brown is very special to Charlotte. She was the first African American female resident physician at Carolinas Medical Center in 1980. Patients love her. Colleagues hold her in the highest esteem. She is a minister, a volunteer, and a community leader. She is also very special to my family.

My mother started working for Dr. Garmon-Brown as her office manager in the early 1980s. They worked together for Novant until my mom retired just a few years ago. My mother LOVED “GB,” (as they affectionately called her). “GB” loved my mom. My entire family saw Dr. Garmon-Brown – from babies to the elderly.

When I was in junior high, my mom told me she was working with a young doctor. Mom said she was “different” and “very special.” There was a “light in her soul.” Nothing has changed.

I was so proud to see her recognized today. Dr. GB IS different and she IS so very special!

Congratulations Dr. Garmon-Brown! Click here to learn more about the 2017 Maribelle Connerat Award Recipients.

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