May 7, 2012

Mimi Chang, NP, who has helped develop the Asian Pacific Liver Center (APLC) at St. Vincent Medical Center in Downtown Los Angeles, will receive the Sherri Ziegler Community Service Award as a leader in viral hepatitis education and advocacy at a ceremony in Sacramento on May 23.

Mimi Chang, MSN, FNP, of the Asian Pacific Liver Center (APLC) at St. Vincent Medical Center

The award, given by the California Hepatitis Alliance (CalHEP), will recognize Mimi’s efforts to assist thousands of people affected disproportionately by chronic hepatitis B (CHB) disease. Nominations for the award came from the community and were voted upon by the CalHEP Steering Committee.

“This award was earned by our entire APLC team of physicians, staff and volunteer nurses and student volunteers who have gone with me into the communities affected by chronic hepatitis B,” said Mimi Chang. “We have screened and educated nearly 15,000 people in the communities at high risk for hepatitis B — in Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Cambodian neighborhoods. We have vaccinated thousands. And our hepatologists Ho Bae, MD and Tse-Ling Fong, MD provide ongoing care for people who are already affected by the virus.”

The Asian Pacific Liver Center opened as a hospital clinic and research center at St. Vincent Medical Center in 2007 and has since become the primary hepatitis B research and outreach center in metropolitan Los Angeles. Research projects are testing the safety of different antiviral therapies and also looking into other health conditions of people with CHB.

St. Vincent Medical Center President/CEO Cathy Fickes noted that Mimi has gone “above and beyond” as an advocate and healthcare practitioner. She said: “Mimi is most deserving of this award. She lives our values every day: provides compassionate care, advocates for the underserved, shows respect for everyone, and finds inventive ways to get our mission accomplished.”