A celebration of life and health was held at the Joseph Floreano Convention Center in Rochester. The Anthony Jordan Health Center hosted its annual Patients First Awards Luncheon.

One of the notable moments of the afternoon was the renaming of the Jordan Health Champion Award. It is now named after Ellen Volpe, a nurse at the health center who was killed in a car crash on the Thruway earlier this year. Volpe was also a professor at the University at Buffalo.

The late Lauren Morelle, daughter of Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle,  was also honored. She was an ambassador for the Jordan Health Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. Morelle lost her battle with cancer in August.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Rick Kittles, an RIT alumnus. He is known for his research on prostate cancer and health disparities among African Americans.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work to expand health care coverage.

The Anthony Jordan Health Center is located on Holland Street in Rochester. It provides health and social services to community members, regardless of their ability to pay.

“We do not turn anyone away,” said Janice Harbin, the President and CEO of the Anthony Jordan Health Corporation. “We make sure they get their medications. We have social workers to help with people’s social needs. Healthier patients mean healthier communities.”

Harbin added that the couple hundred dollars they spend on preventative treatment for a patient saves that person the thousands of dollars they would spend if they waited until they had to go to the hospital.

The center has been in Rochester for over 100 years, and in 2018 it will mark 50 years as a federally qualified health center.