Focos Honours New York City Mayor

Georgina Bloomberg and Michael Bloomberg

The Foundation of Orthopaedics & Complex Spine (FOCOS) will be honouring former three-term New York City Mayor and philanthropist, Michael Bloomberg, and his daughter, Georgina Bloomberg, for their philanthropic efforts to improve public health.

The awards ceremony will coincide with the 10th Annual New York Fundraising Gala to be held on September 18, 2017 at the Mandarin Hotel, New York.

Dr Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, a renowned orthopaedic surgeon and president and founder of FOCOS, expressed his excitement at the celebration, indicating the importance of far-reaching philanthropic work of Michael Bloomberg and his daughter, Georgina Bloomberg, to the welfare of people.

“FOCOS is honouring the Bloombergs to celebrate the depth and reach of their longtime commitment to helping others in need, public health and a variety of other essential causes including animal rights, the environment, the arts, government innovation and education,” Dr Boachie said.

“In addition to many other vital causes, we want to recognise the Bloombergs for helping us make possible the opening of FOCOS Hospital with state-of-the-art facilities, including the Bloomberg Pavilion, the centre of financial and administrative operations for our hospital,” he added.

Michael Bloomberg founded the New York City-based Bloomberg Philanthropies, and has pledged to donate the majority of his wealth to charity.

“No one should have to suffer from debilitating back and spinal conditions when treatment is possible, and the Foundation of Orthopaedics & Complex Spine does inspiring work that is changing lives. Georgina and are I honoured to receive this award and glad to support such an important cause,” Michael R. Bloomberg, who is the founder of Bloomberg LP, said.

“After a long history of back pain due to a condition I was born with, Dr Boachie was able to correct my condition and change my life. I chose him not only for his reputation in the medical world but for the kind and generous person he was. I had a great deal of respect for his commitment to giving back and remembering where he came from,” Georgina Bloomberg mentioned.

“I knew immediately that I wanted to support him in his efforts to help others and give them the same pain-free existence that he was able to give me. It’s an honour to have had him as my surgeon but an even bigger honour to be a part of the great work he is doing in Ghana through FOCO,” she stated.

The 10th Annual New York FOCOS Gala will highlight the many success of the organisation over the past 19 years of work, while also sharing the path forward towards sustaining the ability to provide life-saving treatment to patients from across the globe.

 By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri