Berkeley resident receives community award

April 10, 2013 by  

Ricardo Charles, a resident of Berkeley, recently learned that he had been nominated for and won the 2012 David Lawrence Community Service Award.

Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, where Charles has worked as a certified registered nurse anesthetist for 13 years, gave the award in recognition of his tireless voluntary work carried out in Oakland, in addition to volunteering on medical missions in Venezuela, Peru, Nicaragua, Iraq, and Guatemala.

There are 14 people who have been presented with an award by Kaiser Permanente from around the U.S. The awards are named in honor of the former CEO and chairman of Kaiser Permanente, David M. Lawrence.

The award was given to Charles to honor the voluntary work done for Operation Rainbow, a non-profit organization which works with Latin American children who need orthopedic surgery. He also helps out in northern Guatemala at Hospital de La Familia.

Operation Access is a non-profit in Oakland which also benefits from the voluntary services of Charles. An anesthesiologist at Oakland Medical Center, Nicholas A. Riegels, nominated the Berkley resident for the award, saying that his efforts have improved the lives of many, both at home and overseas.

In addition to working as a registered nurse, he helps volunteers to organize medical missions. It is possible that volunteers spot the opportunity to donate their time and skills to missions thanks to local poster printing services. Charles says that his reward for his services is watching a surgeon carry out life-changing surgery or an operation.