On December 2nd, Drs. Ron Adelman and Mark Lachs were honored at the Rainbow Room in New York City by the Burden Center on Aging for their community work in geriatric medicine. Over 400 people attended the event in which the co-chiefs were cited for their work in creating The Wright Center, Weill-Cornell's ambulatory geriatric medicine practice, which also shares space with the Burden Center's social programs for older people. In honoring them, Susan Burden described the work of the Wright Center as a place where older people can "come and feel listened to and cared for, and leave with their dignity intact - a distinctly unusual experience for older patients in today's hurried world of health care".
In accepting the award, Drs. Adelman and Lachs acknowledged the innovation of Dean Tony Gotto, Chairman Ralph Nachman, Associate Dean Lisa Staiano-Coico, and Hospital President Herb Pardes in "creating a bold social experiment with a premier social service agency, rather than an ivory tower program for a limited few".
Carter S. Burden was a councilman in New York City who devoted much of his efforts to preserving the rights and dignity of older people. After leaving office in 1972, he founded the Burden Center for the Aging, an upper east side agency that serves over 9000 seniors annually with a variety of programs ranging from home visits to crisis and elder abuse intervention. Mr. Burden died in 1996, and the humanitarian award was created in his honor. In 1999, the Burden Center for the Aging relocated to a new building on 1st Avenue and 77 street which also house's Weill-Cornell's Wright Center, an ambulatory geriatric medicine practice that is named after Irving Sherwood Wright, a preeminent Cornell Geriatrician and Scientist who also founded the American Federation for Aging Research.