McLaren Macomb graduate medical education wins 2016 Minnella Award

2016 Tracy Minnella AwardMOUNT CLEMENS, Mich.—McLaren Macomb’s department of graduate medical education has been awarded the 2016 Tracy Minnella Award in recognition of its leadership, dedication, concern and support of survivors and victims of domestic violence. Presented annually by the Macomb Community Domestic Violence Council, the award recognizes a person or organizations in the community that has done something tremendous for survivors of domestic violence.

In association with Turning Point and the Macomb Community Domestic Violence Council, the recognition was earned for the department’s Recognition and Response to Domestic Violence for Healthcare Providers program, an initiative to educate its resident physicians on domestic and sexual violence.

“It’s incredibly important to us to have this included in our residents’ curriculum, instilling in them a component of compassion when caring for those in a state of distress and apprehension,” said Christopher Schnurer, DO, director of graduate medical education at McLaren Macomb. “We are very honored and proud to be recognized for this work.”

As part of their curriculum, all McLaren Macomb first-year resident physicians take part in a series of educational seminars and role playing scenarios in order to screen for, identify and appropriately respond to patients who are the victims of domestic or sexual violence, which statistics show leads to increased knowledge of intimate partner violence, allowing them to refer victims to the appropriate community resource in a timely manner.

“This award is in recognition for their courageous leadership in creating community change by prioritizing domestic and sexual violence in residents’ education and supporting research,” said Carmen E. Wargel, LMSW, chair of the Macomb Community Domestic Violence Council. “I am always looking for people who have the will to support survivors. McLaren Macomb went above and beyond.”

The award is named in honor of Tracy Minnella, a victim of domestic violence who was killed by her boyfriend. Dr. Schnurer along with additional representatives from the department received the award at a ceremony on Oct. 24 at McLaren Macomb.

About McLaren Macomb:
In January 2012, Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center became McLaren Macomb.

McLaren Macomb is a 288-bed acute care hospital located in Mount Clemens, Mich. More than 400 physicians and nearly 2,000 employees work at McLaren Macomb making it one of Macomb County’s top employers. McLaren Macomb provides a full range of services, including cancer and cardiovascular care. As Macomb County’s first verified trauma center, the hospital operates the busiest emergency department in Macomb County and is also an accredited chest pain center. McLaren Macomb has a rich history of providing high quality, compassionate health care and holds a strong position in the community it serves. To learn more, visit or subscribe to our blog

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