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April Yasunaga Wins “Amanda’s Award”

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – April Yasunaga, M.D., a resident in the internal medicine program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, is the 2006 recipient of Amanda’s Award from the Domestic Violence Community Council.

The award is named for a local survivor who endured years of abuse and who, now as a health care professional herself, is dedicated to helping patients lead safe and healthy lives.

Amanda's Award is given annually to a healthcare provider in our community who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to both screening patients for domestic violence and providing them with information about local resources.

Yasunaga was nominated for the award by one of her colleagues. She was presented the award on Oct. 18 at the annual meeting of the Domestic Violence Community Council.

“The members of the Domestic Violence Community Council are delighted to have providers of your caliber practicing in our community,” said T. Sharee Fowler, M.A., council coordinator, in a letter announcing Yasunaga’s selection. “Together, we are making our county a safer place for all families.”

Yasunaga, of Urbana Ill., is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned her medical degree at Southern Illinois University. She is the daughter of Judith Yasunaga of Urbana and the late Dr. Shig Yasunaga.

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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. The system comprises 1,187 acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and is consistently ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.

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