Elizabeth Prince-Coleman (MPA '13)
A Leader in Compassionate Care
“More than deserving.”
That is a sentiment used to describe this year’s recipient of the John F. Beard Award for Compassionate Care, Augusta University Physician Assistant Program graduate Elizabeth Prince-Coleman.
Prince-Coleman, a native of Carrollton, Ga., entered the PA program after earning her bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from Berry College in Rome and quickly stood out among her peers, ultimately serving as Class President. Those who nominated Prince-Coleman for the award wrote of her exemplary leadership, her compassion for others, and her extraordinary efforts to provide service and care.
Wrote Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior Resident James A. Murphy, “When she learned a patient was homeless and was going to be discharged, she spent her entire day making arrangements to house her in a shelter and even worked with the shelter manager to grant her an extended stay.”
The $25,000 annual award, established in 1998, is endowed by William Porter “Billy” Payne and his wife, Martha, to a graduating Augusta University student who exemplifies caring and compassion in health care.
Written by Jennifer Hilliard Scott