June 2005

Pediatric Cardiologist at Mercy in Des Moines Receives International Award


Thomas E. Becker, MD, a member of the pediatric heart surgery program at Mercy Medical Center — The Iowa Heart Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa, received the Variety Lifeline International 2005 Sir James Carreras Award. The award recognizes physicians in the field of pediatrics with exceptional dedication and skill. A prize of $10,000 accompanies the award. For the past five years, Becker has led a Mercy team that visits the Yucatan in Mexico to evaluate children, selecting 30 each year to travel to Des Moines for heart surgery. For more information, contact Gregg Lagan of Mercy at 515/247-3050.