October 10, 2012
The Columbia Regional Business Report honored Dawn Pender, nurse practitioner for the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, with its Health Care Hero award for Nurses at an October 3 ceremony in Columbia, South Carolina. Dawn was one of 20 finalists recognized at the 2012 Heath Care Heroes awards in front of a crowd of more than 200 people. The awards recognize people in the Midlands health care industry who are making a difference and have a passion for helping others.
Finalists were recognized in seven categories: community outreach, first responders, health care professional, health care researcher, nurse, physician and volunteer. The winner in each category received the most points from the judges, which Dawn did in the nurse category.
Dawn provides health care services to fathers in three of the Center for Fathers and Families’ programs. She teaches fathers about men's health, substance abuse and many other health issues. She also performs health screenings and connects fathers in need with healthcare providers as part of the center’s access to healthcare component.
The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.