Salute! to Healthcare

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Please join GDAHC for our annual awards event, honoring and celebrating the individuals and organizations that have transformed healthcare in our region through their dedication and vision. This year's event will be a little different from previous events as we will be switching things up and are asking you to join us for breakfast! While we are still nailing down the specific details for this year's event, award nominations are now open!


Each year we celebrate our region's healthcare heroes and we rely on your nominations to help us honor those that have spent their careers improving the health and wellbeing of Southeast Michigan. We need your help in selecting individuals and/or organizations for our three awards. Nomination forms are available here. We ask that you return your nominations to Nicki Gabel at by July 13. You may also print them out and mail them us:
GDAHC c/o Nicki Gabel
30200 Telegraph Road, Suite 105, Bingham Farms MI 48025

Sy Gottlieb Award

The Sy Gottlieb Award was established in 1992 in recognition of Symond Gottlieb, a former executive director of GDAHC. Mr. Gottlieb was an outstanding leader who made numerous contributions to healthcare reform in our region. The award recognizes an outstanding healthcare professional who has demonstrated sustained visionary leadership in southeast Michigan. Recent past awardees include Nancy Schlichting of Henry Ford Health System, Brian Connolly of Beaumont Health, and Adam Jablonowski of the Wayne County Medical Society.

Eagle Award for Visionary Leadership

In 2004, GDAHC established the Eagle Award to recognize the contributions of an organization in southeast Michigan that has made steady progress in advancing healthcare quality, access or cost. Recent past awardees include Samaritan Center of Detroit, Arab American & Chaldean Council, and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.

Breakthrough Award

The Breakthrough Award was first introduced in 2015, and recognizes an individual or organization for their impact on the health and well-being of southeast Michigan through community engagement and innovation. Recent past awardees include the Center for Disparity Solutions & Equity at the University of Michigan - Dearborn and Cassie Sobelton of SynBella.

For information regarding previous award winners, please see our individual pages for our most recent Salute!'s: 2017, 2016, and 2015.