Earlier this spring, the American Legion Post No. 43 selected Pamela Davis, Chief Executive Officer of Naperville’s Edward Hospital, to receive its 2012 Citizen-of-the-Year Award. The award is presented annually to recognize a local citizen’s extraordinary service to the Naperville-area community or to the nation.
With Past Commander Wayne Fischer leading the charge, members of Post No. 43 attended the ceremony Friday, April 13, to present a dozen red roses and a plaque, honoring “Pamela Davis, CEO of Edward Hospital” as she “Champions Leadership for God and Country.”
Priscilla Laubscher, a former Senior Naval Officer who is Commander of Naperville American Legion Post No. 43, was unable to attend the afternoon ceremony.
Earlier she had written,“Pamela has contributed mightily to the physical health of our community and, just as importantly, to the ‘ethical health’ of the governing process in the state of Illinois.
“In her more-than-20-year tenure as CEO of Edward Hospital & Health Services, Pamela has transformed Edward Hospital into a highly respected regional medical center that is now ranked among the premier medical facilities in the entire United States,” noted Laubscher. “In addition, her legendary courage has provided ethical inspiration for every Illinoisan and has brought legal accountability to those who betray the public trust.”
Fischer thanked Davis for her leadership and commented about her remarkable efforts that have resulted in the Edward Hospital’s growth and place in the community.
Surrounded by family, friends and Edward staff, Davis graciously accepted the award, saying she’s had lots of support. She also said her father had served in the U.S. Marines during W.W. II which made receiving the award even more meaningful to her.
Davis also expressed her regrets for being unable to attend the Past Commanders dinner on April 21, a time when the Citizen of the Year Award is usually presented. Edward Hospital has its employee appreciation dinner that evening, she said.
Public Is Welcome! Earlier in the week, Fischer sent a reminder that the “World Famous Kendall Cooks” will be preparing the “all you can eat” dinner, consisting of roast pork loin with potatoes and gravy, vegetables and dessert at the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, located at 908 W. Jackson Ave.
The cost is $12 per person, payable at the door.
The program will honor “71″ Past Commanders, share photos of the the Citizen of the Year presentation and present other speakers and scholarship recipients.
Confirm reservations to the dinner no later than Wed., April 18. This dinner is open to the public.
For further information about the Citizen of the Year Award or to RSVP to the dinner on April 21, contact Wayne Fischer at (630) 240-8868 or at Wayne.L.Fischer@gmail.com.
Did you know? With offices in Washington, DC, the 2,400,000-member-strong American Legion is the Nation’s largest Veterans service organization. Naperville’s American Legion Post No. 43 (www.naperlegion.org) has been actively serving Veterans and the Community for 91 years. The Post invites all Veterans and active-duty Military Personnel to attend the Post’s meetings, which are held on the first Thursday evening of every month.
During the presentation of the American Legion Post 43 Citizen of the Year Award to Pam Davis, the CEO of Edward Hospital was surprised with visits from her three grandchildren and members of the Edward staff, bottom photo.