Clinic Dedication in Gary's Honor

So happy and sad to attend this amazing event.  Gary would be so proud, but he wouldn't show it!

Gary Greenberg Memorial Award for Volunteerism and Community Service

A very touching honor today for a great humanitarian.

The Chapter Volunteerism and Community Service Award was initiated to honor members who have distinguished themselves in voluntary service in the area of medicine and are eminent as true humanitarians. Award recipients will be eligible for nomination for the National Oscar E. Edwards Memorial Award for Volunteerism and Community Service presented by the American College of Physicians each year at the national Internal Medicine Conference.  
This year, the NC-ACP Council voted unanimously to rename the Chapter's Volunteerism Award in honor of the late Gary Greenberg, MD, MPH, FACP, who passed away in October 2018, three months after being diagnosed with leukemia. Dr. Greenberg was hired in 2007 as medical director of the Open Door Clinic, at Urban Ministries of Wake County, after several years of evening volunteering. The clinic is a community charity providing comprehensive care to low-income uninsured adults. Prior to his full-time position caring for the uninsured, Dr. Greenberg served for 18 years in full-time academic practice at Duke. While at the Open Door Clinic, he joined advocacy efforts to improve the status of the uninsured, including active roles with the Partnership for a Healthy Durham, Durham CAN, Project Access of Durham, Carolina Jews for Justice, Doctors for America, and HealthCare for All, NC.

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Gary's CV from 2015 - very impressive

I am amazed at how much this mensch accomplished in his very short life.




WRAL Story on Gary Greenberg

Really nice story on Gary

https://www.wral.com/doctor-at-wake-county-urban-ministers-dies-after-battling-cancer-/17927814/

By Richard Adkins, WRAL reporter 

RALEIGH, N.C. — Dr. Gary Greenberg, the man known as the driving force behind Urban Ministries of Wake County has died, and folks in the community are mourning his loss. Greenberg passed away this week after a battle with cancer. For the better part of a decade he served as the medical director for the clinic which helped those in need. "As Gary and I worked together to frame what would be our open-door clinic, we said we wouldn't have patients, we would have partners in care," said Dr. Peter J. Morris, executive director of Urban Ministries. Greenberg believed his patient-partners were his neighbors, and his beliefs would take him out of the clinic and down to the legislature. 

"He would be down there on Moral Mondays," Morris said. "He would be advocating for the Medicare expansion, that all people deserve access to health care, to quality health care." Quality health care was Greenberg's mantra. The system as he saw it became known as "Gary-care". "Here's how we agree to share care, and here's how we agree to share care among each other as providers, setting our egos aside," Morris said. "Here's how we agree to share care and invite what one would call a patient, what we call a partner, into this care decision." The clinic opened its doors in 1985, providing medical assistance to 400 people that year. Today it serves nearly 3,000 and Greenberg was is a big part of making that happen. "I think Gary would scoff at the idea of legacy," Morris said. "I really do. This is what he might say: ‘Might we all find a way to have our hearts and our minds and our souls aligned so that we can profess and practice what we believe.’" Urban Ministries of Wake County plans to honor Greenberg by naming the clinic after him.