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Lenox Hill Hospital Awards the 2009 Medal of Distinction to Ralph M. Baruch and Thomas Dewey

The Lenox Hill Hospital Medal of Distinction, the hospital’s highest honor, was recently presented to Ralph M. Baruch, a distinguished Trustee Emeritus and Thomas E. Dewey, Jr., former Chairman of its Board of Trustees.  

The Medal of Distinction is bestowed upon individuals whose extraordinary accomplishments serve as an inspiration to others.

Mr. Baruch has been a driving force on the Hospital’s Board since 1987.  His Board posts have included the Executive, Nominating, and the Development and Public Relations Committees. A legend in television and cable TV broadcasting, and founder of Viacom International, he is a tireless advocate for the Hospital and has used his business and fundraising acumen to ensure that Lenox Hill continues to be one of the finest medical institutions in the world.  

Mr. Dewey, an esteemed member of the Hospital’s Board of Trustees since 1959, served as Board Chairman from 1982 – 1993. He was an active member of several committees including the Nominating and Governance Committee, the Medical Education Committee, the LHH/MEETH Strategic Planning Committee and the Executive Compensation Committee.  He was a founding partner of McFarland, Dewey & Co. and served as Vice Chair of the New York City Housing Development Corporation from 1972 – 89.  He currently holds the status of Chair Emeritus at Lenox Hill Hospital, a title shared with only one other trustee.

Ralph Baruch and Tom Dewey exemplify the meaning of philanthropy and service to the community, as they have selflessly volunteered their time and utilized their talents to make Lenox Hill Hospital one of the finest medical institutions in New York City. The Hospital is ranked among the top 50 hospitals nationwide in Heart and Heart Surgery, Digestive Disorders, and Neurology and Neurosurgery by U.S. News and World Report.