MedAssets Recognizes Individual and Veteran for Humanitarian and Heroic Efforts
MedAssets Inc. (NASDAQ: MDAS), a leading provider of health information
technology and services that support sustained financial improvement,
today announced the winners of the 2010 Norman Borlaug Humanitarian
Award and the 2010 George Herbert Walker (H.W.) Bush Pacesetter Award.
These two individuals were honored for achievements consistent with
MedAssets culture and core values and reflecting the vital healthcare
missions of its customers. The awards were given during the 2010
MedAssets Healthcare Business Summit held April 25-29.
The award winners are:
Maggie Doyne—2010 Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award. The
23-year-old founder and principle of the Kopila Valley Home and the
Kopila Valley Primary School located in Nepal, also created the
BlinkNow Foundation to help inspire the world's youth to end poverty.
Louis Zamperini—2010 George H.W. Bush Pacesetter Award. The
94-year-old World War II (WW II) prisoner of war (POW) survivor and
1936 Olympian was recognized for his heroic efforts in Japan during
his captivity and after his release, returning to the country in 1950
as a missionary. The George H.W. Bush Pacesetter Award is being
introduced this year to honor our Nation's veterans who have embraced
the opportunity to serve others inside and outside the United States
Armed Forces uniform.
"Both Maggie and Louis have shown tremendous selflessness, dedication,
honor and bravery, and it is our hope this recognition will raise
awareness of their important contributions," said John Bardis, Chairman,
President and CEO, MedAssets. "From donating babysitting money to paying
back a kindness tenfold through missionary work, their giving is
inspiring. We are pleased to take this occasion to step away from
business and reflect on our own commitment to humanitarian efforts based
on a belief that as an organization we have a responsibility for
Maggie's Story: The BlinkNow Foundation
Maggie's journey began when she was 19 years old, during what was
supposed to be a gap year before beginning college. After traveling
around Asia and India, Maggie found her way to war-torn Nepal, where
child labor was a way of life. Shocked by what she was witnessing,
Maggie asked her parents to wire all $5,000 of her babysitting money to
open an orphanage and a school. The Kopila Valley Home opened its doors
in spring 2008 and now houses 35 orphaned children. In the spring of
2010, Maggie also opened the Kopila Valley Primary School, where she is
now principle to more than 230 students. To help inspire the world's
youth to end poverty, Maggie created the BlinkNow Foundation. For more
information about BlinkNow, and to donate to the cause, visit www.blinknow.org.
Louis's Story: An "Unbroken" Tale
Nicknamed "Lucky", Louis Zamperini survived WW II as a POW, tied the
world record for the 5000 meter run in the 1936 Olympics, met Adolf
Hitler and held 112 professions in his 94 years of life. After the
Olympics, Louis was deployed to the Pacific with the U.S. Air Corps as a
bombardier. His plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean—he and two other
crew members were stranded at sea for 47 days. One of the survivors
perished after 33 days. Eventually making landfall on the
Japanese-controlled Marshall Islands, Louis and his crew member became
prisoners of war for 25 months enduring physical and psychological
torture. Upon his freedom when the war ended, he was honored with
several medals, including the Purple Heart and was promoted to Captain.
In 1950, he returned to Japan as a missionary, forgave his captors and
pleaded for their clemency through a deposition to General MacArthur. He
founded the Victory Boys Camp for Wayward Youth in order to teach
troubled kids skills that could help them succeed in life. Louis has
written two memoirs, both titled Devil at My Heels and was
chronicled in the biography by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World
War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, a New York
Times bestseller. Louis continues to travel the world and share his
inspirational story, including speaking to U.S. Marines before they
deploy overseas. For more information on Louis' story, visit www.louiezamperini.com.
MedAssets currently supports the following charities on a company-wide
In addition to local efforts, MedAssets actively supports our troops
overseas by sending 100 care packages each month to soldiers serving in
Iraq and Afghanistan.
MedAssets (NASDAQ: MDAS) partners with healthcare providers to improve
their financial strength by implementing spend and clinical resource
management and revenue cycle management solutions that help control
cost, improve margins and cash flow, increase regulatory compliance, and
optimize operational efficiency. MedAssets serves more than 180 health
systems, 4,000 hospitals and 90,000 non-acute healthcare providers. For
more information, go to www.medassets.com.
Robin Wrinn, 678-624-7420
Robert Borchert, 678-248-8194
Source: MedAssets Inc.
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