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2011 Annual Conference Awards

This year, the Iowa Primary Care Association presented the Carl Kulczyk Memorial Award and Unsung Hero Award during the 2011 Annual Conference on October 20-21, in Des Moines, Iowa.

 
 
Carl A. Kulczyk Award: Jennifer Schmit
In recognition of her outstanding contributions to Peoples Community Health Clinic and the Iowa Primary Care Association, and her leadership and commitment in achieving the mission of community health centers across Iowa.
Unsung Hero Award: Suzanne Maiers
In recognition of her outstanding contributions to Crescent Community Health Center and her dedication to achieving the community health center mission.

 

Carl A. Kulczyk Memorial Award

Carl was recognized in Iowa, Washington D.C. and across the nation as an expert in primary care and the medically underserved. He worked passionately and tirelessly to ensure Iowa communities could offer quality health care to their residents regardless of ability to pay. Carl also offered placement assistantce to physicians and other health care providers including foreign medical graduates. Carl believed in finding the perfect fit between facility and community and provider.
 
Carl had a very special blend of passion, humor, determination and a high intelligence. He dedicated himself to serving others. As Senator Tom Harkin remarked, "Carl worked miracles for people who desperately needed a miracle. The expansion of affordable, accessible health care services across Iowa would not have happened without Carl’s hard work."
 
Carl viewed life as an adventure and once you got to know Carl you joined in to share the excitement and reap the rewards of serving others. Carl loved helping people but he also loved to laugh. He had a quick wit and enjoyed playing the occasional practical joke. Carl often said, "If they only knew they would make me the king if they could…."
 
Carl was born April 5, 1952 in East Chicago, Indiana and died unexpectedly on June 2, 2008. He received his Masters degree in Child Behavioral Psychology from the University of Kansas. Carl served as executive director of community health centers in Michigan before moving to Iowa in the early 90s. He is survived by his wife Pam and two sons, Caleb and Ezra.

 

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