Dr. Michael A. McGee, M.D., M.P.H. of Crown Point, Indiana is not only an emergency room physician and CEO of Chicago’s first Black-owned urgent care clinic, Premier Urgent Care — he is also the 2022 Red Cross Blood Services Hero Award recipient. During the fall of 2021, Dr. McGee partnered with the Red Cross and 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and coordinated a multiple city tour of sickle cell awareness blood drives beginning in Chicago and moving across the country. In the process, Dr. McGee and the 100 Black Men organization generated awareness across the country for the importance of blood donations and the need for African Americans to participate, specifically in regards to fighting trauma and diseases, including sickle cell. Dr. McGee is passionate about educating the community about the need for blood and continues to advocate for individuals, particularly young people, to give blood.
The American Red Cross of Illinois celebrates the everyday heroes in our communities and honors their acts of great bravery, dedication and service through their annual Heroes Breakfast event. The event also serves as a way for the organization to highlight partnerships with corporations like Fresenius Kabi that make the lifesaving mission possible. As the sponsor of the 2022 Blood Services Award, Fresenius Kabi makes it possible for the Red Cross to be able to provide everyone in our country with access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products.
Of their support for the Red Cross and Heroes Breakfast, the company said, “Fresenius Kabi is committed to supporting and engaging with our communities through scientific, clinical and educational institutions and programs intended to improve human health and well-being. We see ‘Heroes’ in the organizations and people we partner with, as well as in our dedicated employees who are united by our ‘caring for life purpose’ and bring that spirit of caring beyond the workplace through our ‘Caring for our Communities’ volunteer program.”
To learn more about the 2022 Red Cross Heroes or to nominate a Hero in your life, visit the round up on the Better website.
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