Foundation Gala recognizes Papapietro, Echols, Hoover, Quattlebaum

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Dr. Jonathan Echols speaks after accepting the posthumous 2019 Dr. Herman C. Ensor Award for Excellence in Medical Care on behalf of his father, the late Dr. Bob Echols, as Dr. Bill Peinhardt looks on. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman Regional Foundation held its 18th annual Gala Saturday evening at the Cullman Civic Center. The Gala is Cullman Regional’s largest fundraiser. In addition to dinner, dancing and auctions, the event featured the presentation of The H.C. Arnold Humanitarian Award, which recognizes a local humanitarian for his or her contributions in advancing health care for the community, The Herman C. Ensor Award, which is given to a physician on the Cullman Regional medical staff recognizing excellence in medical care, the Commitment to a Cause Award and the Spirit of Volunteerism Award.

Dr. Jim Hoover presented the 2019 H.C. Arnold Humanitarian Award to Dr. Silvio Papapietro.

According to the Foundation, “Dr. Papapietro, an interventional cardiologist, has been instrumental in serving the medical community since the mid-1980s. He has been a dedicated physician always giving back to his patients in the Cullman community.”

Dr. Bill Peinhardt presented the 2019 Dr. Herman C. Ensor Award for Excellence in Medical Care to Dr. Jonathan Echols, who accepted the posthumous honor on behalf of his father, the late Dr. Bob Echols.

“Dr. Echols practiced emergency in Cullman since 1995. Dr. Echols served in numerous roles at the medical center and was dedicated to improving the quality of care for the Cullman area,” shared the Foundation.

Champ Crocker presented the Commitment to a Cause Award to Pepper Hoover, who, said the Foundation, received the award “for her efforts in advancing the nursing profession in our community ant at Wallace State Community College.”

Lastly, Stephanie Jowers presented the Spirit of Volunteerism Award to Shirley Quattlebaum “for her involvement with the Bownes Memorial For Kids’ Sake Variety Show.”

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