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PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Peachtree Christian Hospice honors Neil L. Pruitt, Jr.

Neil L. Pruitt, Jr. (left) accepts the Scott Hudgens “Good and Faithful Servant” Award from Cole Hudgens during the Peachtree Christian Hospice annual Gala, held on May 1 at the Atlanta Athletic Club. (Special Photo)

Neil L. Pruitt, Jr. (left) accepts the Scott Hudgens “Good and Faithful Servant” Award from Cole Hudgens during the Peachtree Christian Hospice annual Gala, held on May 1 at the Atlanta Athletic Club. (Special Photo)

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State Court Judge Emily Brantley gives a hospice testimonial centering on her late teenage daughter, Allie, who received care at Peachtree Christian Hospice during the organization’s annual gala. (Special Photo)

Peachtree Christian Hospice presented Neil L. Pruitt, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Norcross-based PruittHealth, with the prestigious Scott Hudgens “Good and Faithful Servant” Award at its 12th Annual Benefit, Gala and Awards Dinner held on May 1 at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

In keeping with the immense benevolence of the late developer and philanthropist, D. Scott Hudgens, Jr., his unselfish spirit of caring for other people, and a genuine interest in the community, Pruitt exemplified these award attributes through his many accomplishments and impeccable quality standards to improve the delivery of health care services at the local, state, and national levels.

“We were so proud to pay tribute to Neil at our recent Gala. He has been an extraordinary leader in the health care industry with a profound commitment to caring. For these reasons, and much more, Peachtree Christian Hospice has enjoyed an unparalleled partnership with Neil and PruittHealth,” PCH Board Chair and President Martha S. Todd said.

The award ceremony was officiated by Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris. In the presence of nearly 300 gala attendees, Harris shared a story of her late father, B. B. Harris, and his close friendship with Scott Hudgens. She then asked Cole Hudgens, grandson of Jacqueline Casey and Scott Hudgens, to join her on stage to co-present this coveted award to Pruitt. In his acceptance remarks, Pruitt credited his dedicated employees and asked those present to stand and be recognized.

As the evening progressed, Emily Brantley, State Court Judge of Gwinnett County, gave a beautiful hospice testimonial centering on her late teenage daughter, Allie, who received hospice care prior to her passing in 2007. Similar to the committed staff at Peachtree Christian Hospice, Brantley heralded the compassionate hospice care that Allie received and the tender support given to her family during this most difficult time of their lives.

“This gala was an exceptional night to remember especially for the privilege of presenting Neil with this important award, to have Cole and Nancy be award co-presenters, and to have Emily share her hospice testimonial,” Todd said.

Anne Mancini is vice president of operations for Peachtree Christian Hospice.

Peachtree Christian Hospice is a non-profit organization that emerged from the Outreach Ministry of Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta to benefit all of Greater Atlanta and the surrounding communities. Located on 8.7 acres in Duluth donated by D. Scott Hudgens, Jr., PCH’s 16-bed facility is operated by United Hospice, a PruittHealth company engaged in providing palliative hospice care.

As a loving place of rest, comfort and hope, PCH is also served by dedicated staff and a host of trained volunteers from the community who give of their own time to support others in their time of need. For more information contact PCH at 770-232-7727 or visit www.peachtreechristianhospice.

People Helping People is a publication of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services.

For more information contact Ellen Gerstein - ellen@gwinnettcoalition.org or at 770-995-3339.