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McMurtry Award goes to Wallace McGinness

From left are Xavier Richardson, president of the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation and an executive vice president of Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC); Joe Wilson, chair of the MWHC Community Benefit Citizen Advisory Council; Bettie Lou and Wallace McGinness; Kim Smart, MWHC grants and development; John McKeown, a member of the MWHC Board of Trustees, and Jean Nelson, executive director of the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic.

On December 2 The Mary Washington Hospital Foundation honored Wallace McGinness of Montross for his work in promoting health and wellness services to the medically underserved.

McGinness received the Lawrence and Martha McMurtry Award for Excellence and Innovation in Community Health and Wellness. He was nominated for the honor by the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic (NNFHC). He has volunteered regularly at the NNFHC Outreach Clinic in Montross since that program began in 2002, served two terms on the NNFHC Board of Directors, and was a member of the finance, personnel, and nominating committees. He also appears regularly at events on behalf of the clinic. 

McGinness, a member of the Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department for over 50 years, is active in Hospice of the Northern Neck and currently serves as its president. He is a former Montross Town Council member, founder of the Cub Scout troop in Montross, and a member of the Boy Scouts Eagle Review Board.

The McMurtry Award is presented annually and carries with it a $5,000 donation, which was given to the NNFHC.

Xavier Richardson, president of the Mary Washington Hospital and Stafford Hospital foundations, presented the award to McGinness and the check to the NNFHC during the Mary Washington Healthcare Citizen Advisory Council meeting in Fredericksburg.

McGinness was cited for his dedicated volunteer involvement in the NNFHC’s Outreach Clinic operations, held every other Thursday at Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church in Montross. The effort is primarily volunteer-driven, supported by the NNFHC’s volunteer coordinator Carol Gifford, and nurse practitioner Diane Vanlandingham.

“We have a great team in Montross, and that’s mainly because of Wallace,” said Gifford. “He’s the team’s coach. He’s the heart of the effort. He gets up every day and thinks about what he can do for people, and then he does it, just because it’s the right thing to do. He has no other expectations, ever. He is devoted to taking care of others and helping his community.”

McGinness knew nothing about being nominated for the award, let alone winning it, and he was asked to attend the event at Mary Washington on the pretext of representing the NNFHC at a community function. Those joining in the surprise included his wife, Bettie Lou; his son and daughter-in-law; two grandchildren; several friends, and members of the NNFHC staff.

posted 01.08.2014

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