COMP Students and Alumnus Receive National Award

Pomona, Calif. - 10/31/2006 -- COMP Alumnus Dr. Lally and WesternU student volunteers are participants in the Health Service AllianceThe American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) has awarded the 2006 AstraZeneca Spirit of Humanity Award to the Montclair Medical Clinic - Health Service Alliance. The AstraZeneca Spirit of Humanity Award was established to honor and recognize the extraordinary efforts of an osteopathic physician, center, or program that provides urgently needed health care to the indigent, underserved, or those with barriers to quality health care. COMP alumnus and recent recipient of Pomona Valley Hospital's Legacy Award, Dr. James Lally, Medical Director of the Chino Valley Medical Center, his residency program, and Western University of Health Sciences and medical students from the University are all volunteers and partners in the Alliance.

Dr. Pumerantz, founding president of WesternU and Dr. Adams, dean of COMP were recognized at the ceremony.In a ceremony held on Monday, October 30, 2006, the Alliance volunteers and partners were recognized by elected officials and organizations for providing needed primary care services to underserved children and adults without access to health care.

"As a fellow DO, I am honored each day by the accomplishments of our COMP students and their work ethic and dedication to the University's core principles of "humanism, caring, and compassion," said Dr. Benjamin L. Cohen, executive vice president for Academic Affairs. "This special recognition for the Montclair Medical Clinic (MMC)-as the 2006 AstraZeneca Spirit of Humanity Award recipient-from the American Osteopathic Foundation, truly echoes their commitment to our community and the people whose lives they touch and aid through their service. I am proud to have students of this caliber as a part of our WesternU family, and more importantly, as a part of Dr. Lally's and the City of Montclair's amazing efforts at the MMC."

Dr. Lally was also recently awarded Pomona Valley Hospital's Legacy Award for being the top medical practitioner-physician.The Health Service Alliance (HSA) Clinic works to increase access to primary care for the uninsured of eastern Los Angeles County and western San Bernardino County. HSA also provides osteopathic learning experiences for medical students and DO residents in a lower income community setting. As a result of HSA's work in the community, over 2,000 adults and children (unduplicated count) with limited or no access to primary care were provided a medical home in 2005.

Health Service Alliance is a community primary clinic that includes volunteers from the City of Montclair, Chino Valley Medical Center Residency Program, Western University of Health Sciences, Montclair Community Collaborative, Inland Empire United Way, Soroptimist International Montclair/Inland Valley, Bilingual Family Counseling Service and San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

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