WHEELING, W.Va., May 8, 2017 -- Wheeling Jesuit Alumnus Dr. Ed Shahady received the Florida Blue Foundation's Sapphire Award for an innovative diabetes program he developed and the impact he has made in the field of medicine throughout his life.
A member of the WJU class of 1960, Dr. Shahady was recognized during an award ceremony in April. He was given the individual Sapphire Award by the Foundation for development of a diabetes prevention program that uses an internet-based registry to measure quality of care, which has resulted in better care for diabetes patients and a reduction in heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney failure, amputations, suffering and cost of care.
The Diabetes Master Clinician Program, which Shahady developed, has assisted more than 15,000 patients, 100 practices, 400 clinicians and 1,000 nurses and medical assistants in Florida. The program improves the quality of care for diabetes patients. The Diabetes Master Clinician Program received $50,000 from the Foundation as the Sapphire Award winner.
“The award is not only a recognition of my service to others, but the tremendous service performed by those I have trained. I continue to teach in order to learn and feel that I am still contributing to society,” Dr. Shahady said.
The award recognizes Dr. Shahady's work as a Navy physician in Vietnam, creating a children's hospital, founder of the first Family Practice Residency in Akron Ohio, chair of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina, founder of the Family Practice Residency Coral Springs Florida and founder of the Diabetes Master Clinician Program, Inc., which has helped more than 500 physicians and their staff of nurses and medical assistants better care for patients with Diabetes.
Dr. Shahady has contributed five books and more than 180 articles to the literature. He has received multiple awards including WJU's Distinguished Alumni Award and West Virginia University School of Medicine outstanding alumni award, Navy Commendation medal with combat V, several teaching awards and other awards recognizing his dedication to care for patients with diabetes.
A video highlighting Dr. Shahady's accomplishments can be viewed at the following link
The Sapphire Awards were designed in 2005 by the Florida Blue Foundation to recognize and promote excellence and innovation in community health leadership and programming in Florida. The Sapphire Awards' recognition is meant to promote greater and more lasting support for improved services and systems that can be sustained over time.