Healthcheck reporter Christi Myers recognized by medical groups for reporting

May 22, 2013 4:21:00 PM PDT
ABC13 Healthcheck reporter Christi Myers was been honored by two Houston medical groups for her outstanding medical/health reporting.

On Wednesday, Myers received two Award of Excellence during the Francis C. Moore, MD, Medical Journalism Awards Luncheon at the Texas Medical Center. The luncheon was held by the Harris County Medical Society (HCMS) and Houston Academy of Medicine (HAM).

Myers and KTRK-TV photojournalist Bob Dows won the TV category Health News Story for their story on "Pregnant and Drinking. In this story, Ms. Myers interviewed a mother and her son, who was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. They warned others about the heartbreaking consequences of drinking while pregnant. This story highlighted the son's challenges and how different his life could have been.

The duo received the same award for the TV category Health News Series. This was a series about bone marrow/stem cell matches for cancer patients. Channel 13 decided to do a month-long of series of stories, encouraging people to join the "Be the Match" list to encourage more matches and discuss how to donate.

"For the past 31 years, HCMS and HAM have recognized print and broadcast journalists for their dedication to increasing medical and/or health awareness and knowledge to Harris County residents. Entries in this year's competition were published or aired in 2012 in the categories of medical/health and medical economics," the Harris County Medical Society wrote in a prepared statement.

The award recipients were selected by a panel of judges, consisting of former journalists and communication professionals, who evaluated the entries on the basis of accuracy, significance, and writing and production quality. The award is named in honor of a founding member of HCMS, Francis C. Moore, MD. Dr. Moore, a practicing physician during the mid-1800s, owned, edited and published The Houston Telegraph, the publication that preceded The Houston Post.

The Harris County Medical Society, established in 1903, is the professional organization for physicians in Harris County. It is the largest county medical society in the nation with a membership of more than 11,000 physicians and medical students. Its mission is to be the leading advocate for member physicians, their patients and the community, in promoting the highest standards of ethical medical practice, access to quality medical care, medical education, research, and community health. The Houston Academy of Medicine is the charitable and educational arm of the Medical Society.

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