Reynolds receives Alfred Humanitarian Award
FLINT — Dr. Lawrence Reynolds, a local pediatrician who has dedicated his life to children and families in Genesee County, is the recipient of the 2011 Dr. Clement A. Alfred Humanitarian Award of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
The award was established in 1991 through a charitable Fund at the Community Foundation by the family of Dr. Clement A. Alfred, a local dentist who practiced in Flint for more than 60 years.
Nominated by the Alfred Award Selection Committee, Reynolds was honored for his humanitarian and advocacy efforts on behalf of children during a special reception held May 19 at the Community Foundation. He was lauded by colleagues from the medical community and the Mott Children’s Health Center where he has served as President and CEO since 2007.
“Dr. Reynolds is one of the people who make this community click,” said Peter Levine, Executive Director of the Genesee County Medical Society. “He is a child advocate from the examination room to the board room. Larry has been true to his mission and is a beacon for others.”
Dr. Reynolds came to Flint in 1990 to work as a pediatrician at Mott Children Health Center (MCHC) after spending four years in a group practice upon completion of a four year National Health Service Corp service obligation in Detroit. MCHC’s commitment to caring for children in underserved areas with comprehensive services matched his own personal mission.
“Mott Children’s Health Center is a pediatrician’s paradise,” said Dr. Reynolds. “There’s no place like it in the nation where a team of child health professionals – pediatricians, nurses, therapists, dentists and audiologists – are dedicated to community child health. It’s amazing that C.S. Mott would have that vision and foresight more than 70 years ago. It’s one of the great stories about Flint that others seldom hear.”
He said he became a pediatrician “because the pediatricians were the ones who would come bouncing in the hospital at three in the morning with some funny t-shirt on, just happy to take care of a newborn.” More importantly, Dr. Reynolds notes his role as a father and mentor to families here.
“Sometimes we as grown ups forget that they are children and we are supposed to nurture and protect them,” he says. “That means having safe places to live, adequate places to be educated, and opportunities to grow instead of making excuses about why we can’t do it.”
Beyond the examination room, Reynolds has served in a number of leadership roles on the local and state level. He is a former President of the Genesee County Medical Society and is currently a board member. He was a founding board member of the Genesee Health Plan. In 2010, he began a twoyear term as President of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. — G.G.
Support group to meet
FLINT — The Kidney Cancer Educational Support Group presents a very important meeting June 14 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, 302 Kensington (off Robert T. Longway Blvd., between I-475 and Dort Hwy).
Guest speaker: Dr. Kanta Bhambhani,MD. will speak on “Pediatric Cancer.” She is co-director of the neuro-oncology program, director of the lead poisoning clinic and professor of pediatrics at Wayne State University. She is also on the staff of Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The meeting is open to the general public. Details: Call Prof. Frank Friedman 810- 232-8233 or Lori Burger, GHCI 810-762-8226. — G.G.