SOURCE: American Medical Association

American Medical Association

February 24, 2016 11:42 ET

AMA Honors Pennsylvania State Rep. DiGirolamo With Government Service Award

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - February 24, 2016) - The American Medical Association (AMA) presented Pennsylvania State Representative Gene DiGirolamo with the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. Rep. DiGirolamo was selected for the AMA's top government service award for his work promoting public health and combatting the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids.

"It is an honor to recognize Rep. DiGirolamo for his contributions to a coordinated public health strategy that addresses Pennsylvania's opioid epidemic," said AMA Chair Stephen R. Permut. M.D. "He has championed state solutions that enhance patient care, identify potential signs of prescription drug abuse, and save lives from opioid overdoses."

Rep. DiGirolamo was one of eight honorees chosen this year to receive the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. The award, named after the founding father of the AMA, recognizes elected and career officials in federal, state or municipal service whose outstanding contributions have promoted the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

"For more than a quarter century of the Nathan Davis Awards, the AMA has sought to salute government officials who go above and beyond the call of duty to improve public health," said Dr. Permut. "Award winners have come from every branch of government service and confirm the important role public officials can have creating and implementing health policies that benefit Americans."

Rep. DiGirolamo was presented with the award last night at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. as part of the AMA's National Advocacy Conference.

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