Hospital Honors Dr. J. Richard Lilly with a “Passion for Caring Award”

Lanham, MD – On Saturday, November 15, Dr. J. Richard Lilly was honored with the “Passion for Caring Award” at Doctors Community Hospital Foundation’s 22nd annual gala.  With a “Red Carpet Affair to Remember” theme and Tony Perkins from Fox 5 News serving as the master of ceremony, this philanthropic event recognized a notable community leader while raising funds to increase outreach efforts within the community.  One such community initiative was a mobile health clinic – a partnership with Doctors Community Hospital and Prince George’s County Health Department – that will travel throughout the county to provide residents with convenient access to preventative medical screenings and health maintenance services to address the growing rates of various chronic diseases that occur in the area.

Lilly’s mentor was his uncle, Melvin Davis of Dunkirk, Maryland.  A general practitioner, he took 16-year-old Lilly on house calls.  Lilly consistently noticed how his uncle cared for people – compassionately listening to them and providing effective care that helped people feel better and improve the quality of their lives.  It was during these outings with his uncle that Lilly decided to one day follow in Melvin Davis’ footsteps and become a doctor.

Growing up in a blue-collar family, he held the position of a crane operator in a Sparrows Point steel mill in Baltimore, Maryland, earlier in his life.  There, he learned life-long lessons about the importance of hard work and collaboration.  So strong were these lessons, he continues to be a dues-paying member of the United Steel Workers of America to this day. 

A steadfast Maryland business leader, his practice – J. Richard Lilly, MD, A.B.F.P. and Associates – currently has offices in Bowie, Hyattsville, Riverdale and Annapolis.  Additionally, he was recognized among his peers as one of Washingtonian’s “Doctors of the Year” in March 2014.

As stated by Robyn Webb-Williams, vice president of Doctors Community Hospital Foundation, “With his tradition of serving the people of Prince George’s County and his focus on providing care that helps people maintain as well as improve the quality of their lives, we proudly recognize Dr. Lilly for his years of service and dedication to this great community.  He has shown through his life’s work a deep commitment to positively and consistently touching the lives of others.  He is truly a role model and inspiration.”

Additionally, the gala included the presentation of a $100,000 check from Wal-Mart in support of a mobile health clinic that will serve the residents of Prince George’s County.  Carrollton Enterprises’ also donated $20,000 in support of the mobile health clinic.  An honored guest at this event, County Executive Rushern Baker recognized the hospital’s contributions to the community.

About the “Passion for Caring Award”

Doctors Community Hospital was founded by leading physicians.  With a shared goal of ensuring that Prince George’s County residents had convenient access to comprehensive and high-quality healthcare services, these dedicated individuals launched a premier hospital.

The annual “Passion for Caring Award” was created to honor an individual who or organization that positively impact the residents of Prince George’s County and the region.   Whether providing years of medical services that improve the quality of people’s lives, volunteering to educate people about making well-educated healthcare decisions or strengthening the fabric of the community, this honoree is an inspiration for others.