Accolades have been accumulating for Spencer Spike Foreman, president of 1,002-bed Montefiore Medical Center in New York, who earlier this year announced he will be retiring after 20 years with the academic medical center.
Last month, the Greater New York Hospital Association honored Foreman at its annual reception and award ceremony with the theme GNYHA Celebrates Spike: A Salute to the Career of Spencer Spike Foreman, M.D. Foreman, 70, is a former chairman of the GNYHA Board of Governors and a current and longtime member of its executive committee. The tribute included a film celebrating his career and concluded with the associations 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Meanwhile, the Association of American Medical Colleges, where Foreman served as chairman from 1992 to 1993, announced that it is renaming its annual award for community service the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service. He is currently a distinguished service member on the AAMC Executive Council. During his tenure as AAMC chairman, Foreman was the driving force behind the establishment of the community service award, officials noted. The award honors a major commitment by a medical school or teaching hospital to address the needs of its surrounding communities through exceptional programs that go beyond an institutions traditional service roles.
Foreman presented the first AAMC Outstanding Community Service Award to the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1993. Montefiore received the award in 1996.
Prior to joining Montefiore in 1986, Foreman was president of Sinai Hospital and director of the U.S. Public Health Hospital, both in Baltimore. He graduated from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and is certified in internal medicine and pulmonary disease.