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Since 1997, Martie W. Gillin and her family have worked tirelessly to end the stigma of HIV/AIDS and to help young people gain self-esteem and confidence so that they will make positive, safe life decisions through their foundation, AIDS Alive.

And Magee wants to say thank you.

On Tuesday, November 18, at 5:30 pm, Gillin will receive the Magee Rehabilitation Hospitals Humanitarian Award at the hospitalҒs 50th Anniversary Celebration dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel. Gillin is the awards twenty-first recipient, and past winners include Philadelphia notables such as Lynn Abraham, John Dougherty, Jerry and Carolyn Segal, and Tim McCarver.

The Humanitarian Award recognizes those who contribute positively to the role of healthcare and/or the lives of individuals with disabilities in the Philadelphia Region. Numerous individuals are reviewed each year by a selection committee comprised of the Magee President, Chairman of the Board, Vice Chairman of the Board and other Board of Trustee members.

Magee has a special place in Gillin's heart. Her sister, MQ Reimel, was a patient at Magee after being stricken with encephalitis, which left her in a coma for almost three months. Although the chances of her recovering were doubtful in the beginning, Gillin hoped beyond hope that the staff at Magee would be able to help her sister, and within Reimel's first week of therapy she started to make progress. Today, she has a quality of life never thought possible before coming to Magee.

"Because our family has witnessed first hand the expertise, compassion, and dedication found within the walls of Magee, I and my family feel a great sense of pride being recognized by Magee for our work with AIDS Alive," said Gillin.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.


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