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National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s annual event honors Phillis Oeters

National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s annual event honors Phillis Oeters

By Jose Boza….

Pictured (l-r) are Karen Dresbach, president of the National MS Society, South Florida Chapter; Phillis Oeters, vice president of government and community relations for Baptist Health South Florida, and Deborah DelPrete, MS Gala and Fashion Show chair.

The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society recently recognized Phillis Oeters, vice president of government and community relations for Baptist Health South Florida, with the 2011 Hope Award during its annual MS Gala and Fashion Show at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.

The MS Hope Award, the most prestigious designation given by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is presented annually to an individual who has played a significant role in improving the quality of life for those living with multiple sclerosis and bringing hope and help to those facing physical and emotional challenges.

“I am truly honored to receive the prestigious Hope Award, as it exemplifies the organization’s mission of helping people with MS and their families battle this crippling disease,” Oeters said. “MS continues to make significant advances in research and treatment, and this wonderful annual event continues to bring awareness to the excellent work they are accomplishing on a daily basis.”

In her role as vice president of government and community relations for Baptist Health, she is responsible for the interface with local government as it relates to permitting, zoning and general expansion plans for Baptist Health. She is highly active in the community and serves on many boards, which include the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Beacon Council, United Way, Nat Moore Foundation, Actors’ Playhouse and Orange Bowl. She was 2009-10 chair of the Orange Bowl Committee.

Oeters also was board chair, from 2003 to 2008, of the Neurologically Injured Compensation Fund for the State of Florida, a billion dollar fund responsible for caring for children injured at birth.

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