Dr. Michael Flannery and Madeline Snyder named 2014 Health Care Hero awards

USF Health’s Michael Flannery, MD, and Madeline Snyder were among eight people from throughout the Tampa Bay named 2014 Health Care Heros by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

The award helps recognize individuals and organizations in the community who have a major impact on the quality of health provided to area residents.

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Dr. Flannery, professor of medicine at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, won his award in the Community Outreach category for his efforts in starting the Saint Andre Free Clinic an asset in Dade City, a “medical home” for underserved patients that provides them more efficient care and improves outcomes. In the five years since opening, the team at the Saint Andre Free Clinic has conducted more than 1,000 patient visits, found sources for low-cost lab work and prescriptions and obtained translators for Spanish-speaking patients.

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Snyder, fourth-year medical student in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, won in the Volunteer category for her work in creating BANDaids for BRIDGE, an annual talent show that raises funds to support BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic, a student-run free clinic serving those living in the University area. Since starting, the talent show – featuring volunteers singing, dancing and doing stand-up comedy – has raised more than $30,000 for the BRIDGE Clinic.

Finalists were honored and winners were named Thursday evening at the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes event at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.