SOURCE: Sierra Tucson

Sierra Tucson

December 05, 2014 08:03 ET

Sierra Tucson Honors Professionals at "Gratitude for Giving" Celebrations

South Florida and Phoenix Professionals Recognized by Prestigious Facility for Significant Contributions

TUCSON, AZ--(Marketwired - Dec 5, 2014) - Sierra Tucson, an international leader in the treatment of complex, co-occurring behavioral health disorders, today honors South Florida and Phoenix professionals for their years of giving to others in the community and making a difference in the world at two annual "Gratitude for Giving" celebrations. Both events occurred in their respective states and were attended by local professionals.

"At Sierra Tucson, we are known throughout the world for our excellence and prominence as a residential treatment center," said Michael Genovese, Medical Director of Sierra Tucson. "Through our annual 'Gratitude for Giving' events, we are grateful to give recognition and respect to the valuable individuals who have given so much to the community. Without these individuals, the community would lack the quality care that these individuals offer."

The below award winners were selected to receive recognition in the following categories:

  • Compassion Recognition -- honoring a professional in the medical community for his/her contributions to the wellness of others
    • South Florida honoree: Barbara Krantz DO, MS
    • Phoenix honoree: Carole Foster-Pitts, LCSW
  • Hope Recognition -- honoring a professional who has contributed to prevention and education
    • South Florida honoree: Brandi Rials PsyD
    • Phoenix honoree: Thelma Ross, CEO
  • Humility Recognition -- honoring a professional who has served as an advocate to others
    • South Florida honoree: Donald A. Blackwell Esq
    • Phoenix honoree: Bryon Sabatino, LC, MPC, LISAC
  • Spirit Recognition -- honoring a professional who has assisted clients in a specialty area such as eating disorders, chemical dependency, or mental health
    • South Florida honoree: John Jamieson LCSW, CST, CSAT-S, CSOTS
    • Phoenix honoree: Kim DiRe', LPC, MEd, SEP
  • Gratitude Recognition -- honoring a professional for Lifetime Achievement
    • South Florida honoree: Joan Magill PsyD
    • Phoenix honoree: Bruce Waldo, MPA
  • Vision Recognition -- honoring a professional who has contributed to the mental health community through vision and innovation
    • South Florida honoree: Andrew Burki MSW

The Florida event was held at The Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale and was emceed by Alisa Fliss. The Arizona event was held at The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix and was emceed by Chrissy Lamy.

Nominees for the awards were submitted online and the Sierra Tucson Awards Committee assessed all nominees before selecting the winners.

About Sierra Tucson
Sierra Tucson is a world-class psychiatric hospital and residential treatment center specializing in the treatment of mood disorders, addictions, trauma recovery, eating recovery and complex pain. We employ a wide range of modalities spanning neuromodulation, pharmacology, individual and group psychotherapy, family therapy, equine therapy and a number of integrative treatments. We are committed to providing our patients compassionate care and clinical excellence. Sierra Tucson's orientation toward care embraces patient preferences and respects their culture. Every patient and family member receives the Connections Program. It is one of the many things that make Sierra Tucson the world leader in the treatment of behavioral health illnesses. The program adds an additional twelve months of individualized support to the residential experience, helping patients continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle following inpatient and residential treatment. The program provides long-term recovery support for both the patient and the patient's family, allowing them both to continue to heal. It is successful because it empowers the patient to remain engaged in the recovery process. Since 1983, Sierra Tucson's renowned programs have effected positive change in the lives of more than 30,000 patients and 73,000 family members. Sierra Tucson is a member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral health programs in the nation. For more information, please visit

Contact Information

  • Media contact:
    Christine Simmons
    LFPR (for Sierra Tucson)
    949-502-6200 ext. 320