West Palm Beach, Fla. – Patrick McNamara, president and CEO of Palm Health Foundation has been named the recipient of the Bruce Rendina Professional Hero Award by the Palm Beach County Medical Society. The award recognizes an individual who has used his knowledge and abilities to improve the health of local, national and/or global communities. Alina Alonso, MD, Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County director and Palm Health Foundation trustee nominated McNamara for the prestigious award.
In her nomination, Alonso praised McNamara as a force for change in health, housing and human services for two decades in Palm Beach County. In his current role at Palm Health Foundation, McNamara has built vital partnerships, strengthened relationships with system partners and created innovative approaches to solving complex health problems in the areas of mental health, diabetes, nursing, and family caregiving. One of his recent accomplishments was joining forces with Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network to envision a way to unify fragmented silos into a comprehensive county-wide system of care for the addicted. Through a unique 100-day challenge process introduced by McNamara, partners put in safety nets where none existed. By the end of the 100 days, an entirely new Safety Net Recovery System of care had been established and 135 people had received services.
In his former position as president and CEO of Community Partners of South Florida, McNamara led the integrated Housing Partnership and Parent Child Center, unifying the organizations’ housing, community and child and family mental health services to create a comprehensive system of care. One of his significant accomplishments included securing over $25 million in awards and contracts to build housing programs for populations in need, including Evernia Place in West Palm Beach, an 85-unit affordable housing complex for low-income seniors.