Each year, Founders Day honors the people who first established Rush University Medical Center as Rush Medical College in 1837. Special awards are presented to employees — including Nazmy Hamad — who have played a pivotal role in providing the best possible care for our patients.
Alice Sachs Memorial Award
- Honoree: Nazmy Hamad, manager, International Health Services
- Years with Rush: 6
- What motivates you to travel so far and spend so much time away from home to help international patients come to Rush? “I was born in Gaza where a lot of people die from not having access to health services. It drives me to promote Rush to people that really need Rush’s help.”
Nazmy Hamad literally goes the extra distance to help Rush patients. Working with doctors and health officials in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Hamad identifies and meets with severely ill patients who can benefit from the medical expertise available at Rush. Once a patient decides to travel here for medical care, Hamad coordinates every aspect of their trip, which includes stays in the hospital that typically range from six to 12 weeks.
These families come to know and trust Hamad as a friend who is available 24/7 to meet any need they have. For example, he developed a bond with a pediatric patient who has been traveling to Rush for care for several years. Recently, he stayed late after work to wait with the girl’s family as she underwent a complicated heart surgery. Though the girl was groggy during the days after the successful surgery, she brightened whenever she saw Hamad.
The Alice Sachs Award was established in 1982 by Dr. and Mrs. John M. Sachs in honor of Dr. Sachs’ mother, a former Rush patient. The award is presented annually in recognition of a Rush employee who regularly and consistently delivers acts of kindness to our patients and their families.
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