David H. Solomon Memorial Public Service Award

West Health

For only the second time in its near 80-year history, the AGS awarded one of its highest honors typically reserved for individuals to West Health, a family of nonprofit organizations dedicated to lowering healthcare costs to enable older adults to successfully age in place.

West Health will receive the David H. Solomon Memorial Public Service Award for its visionary and trailblazing work to improve healthcare and increase its affordability for America’s aging population. The ceremony will be held during the AGS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS21), May 13-15, 2021, in Chicago, Ill.

West Health, which includes the Gary and Mary West Foundation, West Health Institute, and West Health Policy Center, combines the power of philanthropy, research, policy and advocacy to fuel new models of older adult-specific care, improve health and social outcomes for older people, and reduce healthcare costs. 

Since 2006, West Health, through the Gary and Mary West Foundation, has awarded more than $223 million to create or support programs and research focused on aging and lowering healthcare costs. The organization is a driving force behind California’s first Master Plan for Aging, which is expected to be completed later this year, and the growth of geriatric emergency departments and home-based care throughout the nation. 

The visionary group also continues to shine a spotlight on the skyrocketing cost of healthcare and call for reforms that lower prescription drug prices, increase price transparency, and expand value-based care. 

Established by the AGS in 2002, the David H. Solomon Memorial Public Service Award celebrates the legacy of David H. Solomon, MD, AGSF, a renowned geriatrician committed to community service and advancing knowledge about the care of older individuals.

Past Recipients of the David H. Solomon Memorial Public Service Award

2019    Arti Hurria, MD
2018    John R. Burton, MD, AGSF
                 George W. Drach, MD, AGSF
2017    Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, AGSF
2016    Thomas T. Yoshikawa, MD, AGSF
2015    Jennie Chin Hansen, RN, MSN, FAAN
2014    Corinne H. Rieder, EdD
2013    Joanne G. Schwartzberg, MD
2011    Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI)
2010    Meghan Gerety, MD
2008    William D. Novelli
2007    Nora Gibson, MSW
2006    Donna I. Regenstreif, PhD
2005    Charlotte Maguire, MD
2004    Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
2003    The John A. Hartford Foundation
2002    Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev)