Vasti Broadstone, MD, endocrinologist and medical director of the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Floyd Memorial Hospital, was awarded the Seven Counties Services Healthcare Advocacy Medi-Star Award at the annual awards ceremony on May 22.
The Medi-Star Awards recognize excellence in the business of healthcare, honoring eight healthcare professionals from Kentucky and Indiana for their achievements in advocacy, innovation, education, leadership, design, humanity and meeting consumer needs. The Healthcare Advocacy Award is presented to an individual or organization that is an effective advocate at the local, state or national level concerning issues such as, but not limited to, access to care initiatives that support healthy lifestyles. Dr. Broadstone received the award for her work as founder, chair of the board and medical director of the Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children, also known as Camp Hendon.
The mission of Camp Hendon is to give Southern Indiana and Kentucky children with diabetes a life changing experience that empowers them to take control of their journey with diabetes. It provides a one-week, medically supervised summer camping opportunity for children with juvenile diabetes ages 8 to 17. Some of these children have never met another child with diabetes or may never have been able to attend a summer camp either due to cost restrictions or because of their disease, since most traditional camps are not equipped to handle the medical liability of juvenile diabetes.
Campers at Camp Hendon discover that for one week during the summer they aren’t the only ones in the world who have to prick their fingers, test their blood sugar and count their carbohydrates.
The camp is run 100 percent by volunteers, and can only exist because of donations. For more information on how to help, visit www.camphendon.com.