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Sacred Heart Medical center honors Spokane pediatrician
the Inland Register
(From the Nov. 13, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)
Dr. Hrair Garabedian is the recipient of the 2008 Sister Peter Claver Award, bestowed by Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. (IR photo courtesy of SHMC)
Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital presented the 2008 Sister Peter Claver Award to Hrair Garabedian, MD, a long-time Spokane pediatric specialist, last month.
The annual award recognizes community members who exemplify the spirit and commitment of Providence Sister Peter Claver, Sacred Heart’s administrator for more than three decades.
Dr. Garabedian has championed children’s health care in Spokane for 30 years, first as a key contributor to the development of neonatal intensive care at Sacred Heart, and later as the pioneer of a new specialty, pediatric cardiology. Dr. Garabedian also created clinics in rural communities to make vital check-ups more convenient for families.
“Today, children throughout the Inland Northwest have improved access to care, thanks to Dr. Garabedian’s leadership and inspiration,” said Mike Wilson, president of Sacred Heart. “He is truly an exceptional man and I know Sister Peter Claver would cherish his passion for serving the underserved.
“There is no project too large for him to tackle if he feels the outcome will be in the best interest of his patients,” said Wilson.
Dr. Garabedian is also deeply committed to serving the medical needs of his homeland, Armenia, where he has established a hospital and trained physicians to provide care for local children.
Dr. Robert Maixner, a fellow pediatrician, nominated Dr. Garabedian. He wrote, “Instead of ‘thinking globally and acting locally,’ Dr. Garabedian manages to think and act in both ways, all the time.”