Dr. Randy Rhea ′77 Recognized as "Unsung Hero"

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Publication Date: 5/12/2009

The Virginia Health Care Foundation recently recognized Roanoke, VA, physician Randy Rhea ’77 with an Unsung Hero Award in Richmond. Each year the VHCF honors a number of Unsung Heroes in the categories of Volunteer, Child Health Champion, Teamwork, Physician, and Donor.

Rhea was awarded the Physician Unsung Hero Award. Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, who also received an award, gave the keynote address. A reception for the recipients was held afterward at the Executive Mansion.

Rhea was nominated by Astelle Avner, executive director of the Bradley Free Clinic in Roanoke, where Rhea has volunteered every year since his second year in residency. Last year he volunteered 400 hours. The award also recognized Rhea’s significant monetary contributions to the clinic during his career.

In addition, Rhea serves as board chair of the clinic, and on other boards such as Project Access, another health care organization for working uninsured people in Roanoke. Rhea practices full time and takes care of his father, Percy Rhea, who is 86 and who lives with him.