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For release: August 6, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
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Akron General physician receives NEOMED award

Debbie Plate, DO, resident of Hudson, was recently honored by Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) students as the faculty recipient of the 2013 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Plate works with residents and medical students in her role as clinical associate director at the Akron General Center for Family Medicine,

As the recipient of this award, she is invited to address the Class of 2015 as the keynote speaker for the M3 Student Clinician Ceremony on August 16. In addition, she was inducted into the NEOMED Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) on July 24.

The Gold Foundation sponsors the annual Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards for a graduating student and faculty member at 97 of the nation's medical schools. This award is presented to the student and faculty member who best demonstrate the Foundation's ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues, as well as demonstrated clinical excellence

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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