Awardees Announced for the 7th Annual Golden Baby Shoe Awards

Posted on Aug 15, 2016

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA, August 1, 2016: The Golden Baby Shoe Awards honors individuals who show outstanding contributions to improving the health and well-being of pregnant women or babies throughout Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee Counties.  The event is hosted by the Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida in partnership with the Golisano Children’s Hospital and Naples Community Hospital as title sponsors.

Awardee Criteria:

Awardees are selected by a committee of community leaders representing the different disciplines and geographic areas.  Awardees are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Is a Doctor, Nurse, Mid-wife, Social Worker or other Health Care/Social Service provider involved in the direct care of pregnant women, or babies;
  • Made a positive impact on improving the health of pregnant women, or babies;
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm and dedication to their work;
  • Is well respected by colleagues and clients; and
  • Provided services in Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee County in Florida
  • Has gone above and beyond to make a positive impact.

Lifetime Achievement Award: 

  • Ahmed Barhoush, MD, OBGYN, A.H. Barhoush PA

Golden Baby Shoe Awardees:

  • Estela Aguilar, Help Me Grow Community Liaison, Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida
  • Ivette Galarza, MSW, Head Start Director of Operations, Redlands Christian Migrant Association
  • Lanise Laurent, BS, CCHW, Healthcare Educator Consultant, Florida Department of Health Collier County
  • Denise Rivera, RN, BSN, Labor and Delivery Nurse, NCH Healthcare System
  • Delilah Edwards, BSN, RN, IBCLC        , OB Educator, Lee Memorial Health System Cape Coral Hospital
  • Lizbet Perez, WIC Diet Technician WIC, Florida Department of Health Hendry County
  • Laarni West, MPH, RN, Nursing Program Specialist, Florida Department of Health Collier County
  • Melanio Villarosa, MD, Pediatrician, Hendry Regional Convenient Care Center
  • Dana Crater, MD, Pediatrician, Mackoul Pediatrics

Keynote Speaker: Celeste Philip, MD, MPH, Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health

The Golden Baby Shoe Award Gala will be held on:

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 6:00-9:00 pm
Shadow Wood Country Club
22801 Oakwilde Boulevard, Bonita Springs, Florida