2014-04-05 / Front Page

Tramuto to receive prestigious award

Donato Tramuto of Ogunquit has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2014 Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Kennedy is shown in a portrait behind Tramuto.

OGUNQUIT — Donato Tramuto, the CEO and chairman of Physicians Interactive Inc. and resident of Ogunquit, has been selected as one of four distinguished recipients of the 2014 Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Tramuto joins former Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Clinton, Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Grammy Award winner Tony Bennett as the 2014 honorees.

The RFK Ripple of Hope Award recognizes leaders of the international business, entertainment and activist communities, who demonstrate an unmatched commitment to social change, according to the organization. Honorees reflect the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's passion for equality, justice and basic human rights. Tramuto will be honored along with Clinton, De Niro and Bennett in December in New York City.

Tramuto's personal challenges with severe hearing loss in his youth, and later the tragic death of his sister-in-law during childbirth, drove him to improve health care with affordable, accessible solutions. Because of his own disability, he has made it his personal commitment to help those who have had significant challenges in their lives.

“Donato has been a relentless advocate throughout his career in addressing needs across the globe,” said Kerry Kennedy, the late senator's daughter and president of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. “For more than 30 years, he has demonstrated the passion for making the world more just through his philanthropic and business initiatives that reflect my father's ideals. From his work on HIV/AIDS education to his founding of the Tramuto Foundation and Health eVillages, Donato's leadership in making the world a better place has been inspiring and embodies the values my father held.”

At Physicians Interactive, he has worked to use digital communications to improve connections and build trust between physicians and life sciences companies in order to improve health care processes and positively impact patient outcomes. Tramuto also led the way in developing many key health care programs, including the first HIV/AIDS Arthur Ashe workplace education program in 1991, followed by the launch of a national HIV Provider Network focused on comprehensive disease management.

In 2001, he founded The Tramuto Foundation following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in honor of two close friends and their 3-year-old son who were on United Flight 175 ”“ the second plane to hit the World Trade Center. The Tramuto Foundation provides educational grants to youth with unique challenges to help overcome adversity and build the confidence necessary to achieve personal excellence.

Then in 2011, following the earthquake in Haiti, Tramuto and Physicians Interactive partnered with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights to create Health eVillages. Today, Health eVillages provides handheld devices, such as smartphones, iPod Touches and iPads, preloaded with specialized medical reference content and clinical decision support tools, to clinicians in the most challenging clinical environments worldwide.

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