The nurse who saved lives during the Las Vegas shooting and the woman who saved others has been named as the 2016 Laurence K. Marcus Award winner.
The Laurence Marcus Award is given annually to the person or people whose actions in the face of a deadly or dangerous threat have had a transformative effect on the public, public health or public welfare.
The recipients include the National Institute of Health and the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.
The award was named for Marcus, a clinical assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and author of a landmark 1996 book, “The Surgeon General’s Report: An Anatomy of a Dangerous Game.”
The book, published in 2006, detailed the deaths of nearly 800 people in a mass shooting in the Las Cruces, New Mexico, town of Columbine.
In the wake of the massacre, President Barack Obama named Marcus the nation’s first doctor of the year and made him the first civilian to be named to the Medal of Honor.
In honor of Marcus, the Laurence B. Marcus Foundation was established in 2017.
It was created to help honor those who have made a significant contribution to our nation’s health care system, and to support the lives of those who serve in communities and at hospitals.