On Monday, May 16, Memorial Hospital presented the 2011 Humanitarian Awards to Dr. Woodruff "Woody" Banks and Mr. Zan Guerry/Hamico Foundation.
Mission-driven and a man of faith, Dr. Woodruff A. "Woody" Banks, Jr, a general surgeon, has a long history of practice in the Chattanooga area and provided key leadership during his time of service at Memorial. Dr. Banks was Memorial Hospital's Chief of Staff, served on the Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and acted as Chairman of the Board. In the medical community his activities include the Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Society, Tennessee Medical Association, the Southeast Medical Association, the Chattanooga Regional Oncology Association and the Chattanooga Academy of Surgery. He is a Diplomat of American Board of Surgery and Fellow of American College of Surgeons.
The Hamico Foundation and Zan Guerry are truly changing Chattanooga. Their generosity to area causes is a testament to their desire to make Chattanooga a better place to live and work. Whether it is children, education, or healthcare you will find Hamico Foundation and Zan Guerry investing time and energy in promoting healthy lifestyles for all ages through sports, nutrition and exercise. The contributions Hamico and Zan have made to Memorial have impacted the health and welfare of citizens throughout the tri-state region. Zan currently serves as Chairman of the Baylor School Board of Directors, on the University of Chattanooga Foundation Trustees and the United Way Board of Directors.
Established in 1996, the Memorial Hospital Humanitarian Award honors members of the Chattanooga community by recognizing outstanding service and dedication to Memorial Hospital and the community at large. Past award recipients include (ordered first to most recent) H. Clay Evans Johnson, Sister Thomas de Sales, Dr. Pope Holliday, Dr. Joseph Lavecchia, Dr. Don Cannon, Hedy Davenport, Dr. Malcolm Daniel, James A. Davis, Jay & Kathleen Craven, Dr. Gus Graham, Dr. Charles A. Portera, Grant Law, Dr. Richard Lynn and Joan Frierson.
Photos of the event can be found on our Facebook page. For more information about Memorial Health Care System's Humanitarian Award, call (423) 495-4151.