St. Francis has been honored by the Chattahoochee Council of Boy Scouts of America with the 2017 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award along with Honorable Gil McBride and Pastor Johnny Flakes III. The presentation took place on Thursday, October 19, at the Green Island Country Club in Columbus.
The National Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award is designed to recognize individuals and organizations who have been instrumental in the development of Scouting for rural, urban and suburban youth who often face challenging barriers. Specifically, the award honored St. Francis for serving the community through providing a Medical Explorer Post for the last 30 years.
Keith Higgins is serving as Advisor for the St. Francis Medical Explorer Post. He is a Patient Care Director at St. Francis where he has served for the past three years. He is a seasoned healthcare and nursing leader with more than 37 years of experience. He is a Certified Nurse Executive with ANCC and is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.
The Medical Explorer Post was first started at SFH in 1986 by the late Rex Milner, RN, who helped to introduced hundreds of young men and women to healthcare careers. Milner's widow Susan and daughter Savannah were guests of St. Francis at the awards banquet.
“Scouting emphasizes the value of learning and tries to instill in youth the third for knowledge,” said Philip Wright, Assistant Scout Executive. “Our goals are to help youth learn and grow so that they are productive, engaged members of the community. And, working together we can more effectively ensure that all youth are provided with opportunities to reach their full potential.”