On December 3, 2011 at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society held in Baltimore, Maryland, Patricia Dean, a local Miamian, was presented with one of the Society’s highest honors, the J. Kiffin Penry Excellence in Epilepsy Care Award.
The award, originally established in 1997, honors Dr. Penry’s legacy and his lifelong focus and genuine care for his patients with epilepsy. The award is given annually in recognition of individuals who make a major impact on patient care and improve the quality of life for persons with epilepsy as well as recognize excellence in care for persons with epilepsy.
This year’s recipient, Patricia Dean, M.S.N., ARNP, has been taking care of children with epilepsy and their families for over 20 years at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center of Miami Children’s Hospital. Ms. Dean has been involved in every aspect of nursing care of the pediatric epilepsy patient. She presently coordinates care at one of the largest pediatric epilepsy programs in the Southeast and has assisted many families through their hospitalizations, seizures, surgeries and various other trials.
In receiving this award, Ms. Dean noted, “This is a very humbling experience especially thinking of the people who won this award before me…to include a fellow Floridian Dr. Joe Wilder. Joe taught me many years ago that my responsibility to people with epilepsy extends far beyond the walls of the hospital that I worked in. My responsibility is to help them achieve the highest quality of life in whatever way it takes to do it.”
Reflecting her commitment and dedication, Ms. Dean remains an avid volunteer in the epilepsy movement at both the local and national level. She is well known throughout the state for her role in 1986 in establishing a camp for children with epilepsy and remains the strongest advocate to this day for sending kids to camp. Ms. Dean has served on the Professional Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of the National Epilepsy Foundation and is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida.
“We are all incredibly proud and excited for this honor bestowed upon Pat; thousands of Florida’s children and their families have been directly affected by her dedication, compassion and expertise. I can think of no one who better exemplifies excellence in epilepsy care than Pat Dean” said Karen Basha Egozi, Chief Executive Officer, Epilepsy Foundation of Florida.