On August 27, 2007, Martha Ortiz, widow of Dr. Augusto Ortiz, presented to Jeanette L. Ryan, Deputy Director of the Arizona Health Sciences Library, the framed Surgeon General’s Medallion presented to her husband by former Surgeon General of the United States Richard H. Carmona. Mrs. Ortiz wanted the Surgeon General’s Medallion, the highest award made by the Surgeon General, to serve as an inspiration to future generations of health sciences students to continue Dr. Ortiz’ amazing legacy in providing access to health care for the underserved. Speakers at the ceremony included Dr. Carmona; Dr. Carlos R. Gonzales, Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine; Jill Guernsey De Z√°pien, Associate Dean, Community Programs, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; and Steve Nash, Executive Director, Pima County Medical Society.
If you were unable to attend the ceremony on August 27, you may view the Surgeon General’s Medallion, photos from the ceremony on display, and additional information and photos concerning the life and career of this remarkable man in the two exhibit cases just inside the Java City Coffee Bar area of the Library (Room 2101) during the month of October. We invite you to take a few minutes to learn about the legacy of the man who served as personal physician to C√©sar Ch√°vez, former Head of the United Farm Workers; advocated on behalf of farmworkers for the replacement of the short-handled hoe with a long-handled hoe; and established the first mobile health clinic in Tucson and Southern Arizona.