Northside Hospital April 02, 2014

St. Petersburg, FL - As a platinum sponsor Northside Hospital, is pleased to announce the receipt of top honors in Public Education at the 22nd Annual Future of the Region Awards for the Pinellas Park Medical District. The award is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC).

The announcement was made during an awards luncheon held Friday, March 28.

The Future of the Region Awards are among the most prestigious awards presented in the Tampa Bay area, highlighting “projects and programs that exemplify regionalism, and recognize outstanding achievements and contributions that benefit the regional community.”

Recognition is bestowed for outstanding projects in Community Service; Cultural/Sports/Recreation; Development/Infrastructure; Natural Resources/Environment; Going Green!; and Public Education.

In its awards program, the TBRPC writes, “The Future of the Region Awards Program provides honor and recognition for notable achievement in resource planning and management in the Tampa Bay area. The Council’s mission in recognizing excellence is to encourage future vision and cooperation within the community.”

“This award is so meaningful to us,” said Medical District Chairman Dr. Daniel Strauss, following the presentation. “It honors a collaborative effort on the part of our three founding partners, the City of Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg College/Caruth Health Education Center, and the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce. Our goal is to strengthen the health care system in our community through medical business development, student enrollment in health care education, and development of employment opportunities for those students graduating in the health care field with leading edge skills and knowledge.”

The Pinellas Park Medical District was formed in 2012 as a committee of the Chamber. Now numbering more than 70 members, the Pinellas Park Medical District hosts monthly lunch meetings that feature a variety of educational topics of importance to health care providers and medical support services.

Accepting for the Pinellas Park Medical District were Dr. Strauss; Paul Ziegler, PPMD Finance Officer; The Honorable Sandra Bradbury, Mayor, City of Pinellas Park; Vice Mayor Patricia Johnson, City of Pinellas Park; Douglas Lewis, City Manager, City of Pinellas Park; Dr. Phil Nicotera, Provost, St. Petersburg College/Caruth Health Education Center; Jon Farris, 2012/2013 President of the Chamber; Terry England, Chamber Economic Development Committee Chairman; Aimee Bennett, Marketing Director, Northside Hospital; and Joe Incorvia, City Planner.