Dr. Ernestina de los Santos-Mac, former chairperson of the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM), was honored with the “Outstanding Physician and Humanitarian Award: The Modern Hippocrates” during the Beaumont Health System’s 5th Annual Outstanding Doctors’ Awards program held last July 30.
The program recognizing the outstanding services of Beaumont doctors and employees was launched in 2008 by Filipino-American Dr. Ananias C. Diokno, executive vice president and chief medical officer of Beaumont Health System.
Doctor Mac, a top Filipino-American pediatrician, and two other Beaumont doctors received the awards for their outstanding records as physicians and for their remarkable humanitarian activities.[box type=”default” size=”large”] Her record of remarkable humanitarian activities cited [/box]The two other recipients of the award were Doctors Mary Smyth and Michael Pich.
In selecting Doctor Mac as one of the three awardees, the board of judges noted, among others, her being “a champion for the Filipino community here in Michigan and in her native country, the Philippines.”
The citation stated that although she has been a benefactor of the less fortunate, “she feels that she is the one blessed.” She says, “I’m so happy to have reached a point in my life where I can do all these things.”
It was noted that while she is now of the retirement age, “Doctor Mac still practices full-time at the Pediatric Consultants of Troy and as attending physician” at Beaumont’s Royal Oak and Troy facilities. She says she continues to work to enable her to keep funding humanitarian projects.
The citation also stated: “She goes back to the Philippines at least once a year for medical missionary work and has also adopted an orphanage. She is passionate about preserving the Filipino culture locally. A former chairperson of PACCM, she has been a benefactor of the Paaralang Pilipino for years. Her work with PACCM earned her a Volunteer of the Year Award from the City of Troy in 2001.
“Doctor Mac, who is past president of the Philippine Medical Association-Michigan, currently serves as a commissioner of the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC), a position to which she was appointed by former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and which she holds until 2013.”