Coastal Family Health employee recognized nationally for outstanding service to homeless

Coastal Family Health Center case manager Honora Mayfield on Wednesday was awarded the National Health Care for the Homeless 2021 HCH Clinicians’ Network Rotonda Award for Outstanding Services.

The Karen Rotonda Award for Outstanding Services honors the memory and legacy of Karen Rotonda, RN, who was the “Founding Mother” of the HCH Clinicians’ Network. It is awarded each year to an exemplary clinician in the field who provides culturally appropriate, high-quality, hands-on care to people experiencing homelessness.

“Honora has been a tremendous asset to Coastal for the past five years. During her tenure, she has developed a trusting relationship with our homeless populations. Patients look to Honora as a trusted source of help and compassion. She is fearless in her work and is truly worthy of this national honor,” says Angel Greer, Chief Executive Officer.

One of Mayfield’s patients who died last month said in his letter of recommendation, “The day I met Honora Mayfield, my life changed forever.” He continues, “she never treated me like I was homeless; she treated me like her friend. I was fat, dirty, and smelly back then when we met, and she treated me like I was somebody special. Who does that but an angel on earth? I owe her my life.”

Coastal Family Health Center’s health care for the homeless program provides primary health care at no out-of-pocket cost to patients that meet the legal definitions of homelessness as outlined by the Health Resource and Service Administration. Coastal’s case managers assess patients for eligibility. To make an appointment with a case manager, call 877-374-4991.

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