First-Ever REAL Award Winners Honored On Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON, DC (April 11, 2013) — Nine outstanding health workers were honored today in Washington, DC for their extraordinary service in healthcare. The REAL Awards presentation, which took place on Capitol Hill, featured Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Ambassador Jimmy Kolker, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The nine U.S.-based honorees named below include a home healthcare worker who sprang into action after a tornado devastated her Kentucky community, a heart surgeon who travels the world to perform lifesaving surgery on children and an obstetrician who's delivered more than 6,000 babies.

  • Kathryn M. Tschiegg (General health care), Orrville, OH
  • Dr. Beth Dupree (Chronic disease care), Southampton, PA
  • Dr. William Novick (Pediatric care), Memphis, TN
  • Dr. Robert Clifford (Pediatric care), Charleston, SC
  • Carri Butcher (Hospice care), Flippin, AR
  • Melissa Courtney (Newborn and mother care), Lexington, KY
  • Dr. Joseph Tate (Newborn and mother care), Norcross, GA
  • Donn Kropp (Emergency care), Redding, CA
  • Rhonda Dixon (At-home care), West Liberty, KY

These recipients join 10 global honorees from Africa and Asia who are being honored in their home countries over the next several weeks. Two of the global winners — Dr. Ashish Satav and and Rekha Bangarwawere — celebrated in India today as part of that country's Safe Motherhood Day.

"I am honored to be here today to celebrate the inspiring work of these inaugural REAL Award winners," said Mary Beth Powers, chief of the newborn and child survival campaign at Save the Children. "Their exceptional service to others deserves to be recognized not just today, but every day."

The awards presentation coincides with World Health Worker Week, which aims to mobilize communities, partners and policymakers in support of health workers all across the globe.

By some estimates, the world is short more than 5 million health workers, including one million frontline health workers. The U.S. alone is estimated to be short about 16,000 primary care doctors, a number that is expected to swell to 45,000 by 2020.

The public can read the inspirational stories of the international and domestic REAL Awards honorees at

About the REAL Awards

The REAL Awards, created by Save the Children in partnership with the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, is a first-of-its-kind global awards program designed to develop greater respect and appreciation for health workers and the lifesaving care they provide globally, as well as in the United States. The REAL Awards is made possible by the support of presenting sponsors Medtronic Foundation, Merck Foundation, and Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation and Competition in Healthcare.

About Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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