ELKHART — Ed and Janet Bradford of Goshen were honored with the Goshen Hospital & Health Care Foundation 2014 Lifetime health care Leadership Award during this year’s Gala for HOPE in the Crystal Ballroom at the Lerner in Elkhart June 6. This year’s Lifetime Physician Service Award was awarded to Dr. Jack P. Clark of Syracuse.
The Lifetime Health Care Leadership Award recognizes and honors an individual, family or group who has made a significant lifetime contribution to the health care field in the greater Goshen area. This is the foundation’s highest public award given for multiple years of health care service on behalf of the local community.
Ed and Janet Bradford are both graduates of Goshen High School and have lived in Goshen their entire lives. Their family has owned Veterinary & Poultry Supply in Goshen since 1965. Both have been active in the community with 4-H, Cub Scouts, Center for Healing and Hope and their church. They have purchased many 4-H animals at the fair auction to make certain no child’s 4-H animal was left unsold.
The Bradfords recently established a scholarship fund at the foundation to promote Elkhart County 4-H alumni to pursue degrees in medicine and return to the area to work to provide healing and hope for their friends, neighbors, families and anyone needing health care. This year’s first recipient of the Ed Bradford Family 4-H Alumni Scholarship, Tyler Hostetler, a Fairfield High School Class of 2014 valedictorian, presented the award to the Bradfords. Tyler will attend Ball State in the fall pursuing a degree in nursing.
The Lifetime Physician Service Award is the Foundation’s highest award bestowed upon a physician who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the quality of life for his or her patients through his or her health care leadership and volunteerism, foundation officials said.