Nap Gary’s Legacy Continues Through ASCA Lifetime Award Who can nominate and how BY SAHELY MUKERJI

The ASCA Board of Directors established the Nap Gary Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the ASC Community

to recognize individuals whose contri- butions have made a difference in the ASC industry. Presented to members of the ASC community with a record of longevity and dedication to ambu- latory surgery, the award is named in honor of Nap Gary, who exemplified the qualities of integrity, dedication, mentorship, leadership, loyalty and high ethical and moral standards the award recognizes.

Beall D. “Nap” Gary Jr., proposed

the award while serving as past pres- ident of the ASCA and ASCA Foun- dation Boards of Directors. As he was preparing to take part in ASCA’s annual meeting in 2015, he suffered a fatal heart attack on his weekly early-morning, 13-mile run at his home in White Hall, Virginia. The other Board members who served with Gary elected to name the award in his honor.

In addition to long years of ser-

vice on ASCA and the ASCA Foun- dation’s Board of Directors, Gary was instrumental in leading the orga- nization’s early advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill. One of the projects he spearheaded during his Board ten- ure was a partnership established between the ASCA Foundation and Partners In Health (PIH), a nonprofit global health organization that pro- vides healthcare services to some of the world’s neediest citizens. A graduate

of the Washington

University School of Law, Gary was the associate managing editor of the Washington University Law Quar- terly. He received his BA, cum laude,

from Duke University, where he made the dean’s list for three years and served as president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. After graduating from law school, Gary worked as an associ- ate and then as a partner at the Bir- mingham law firm of Haskell Slaugh- ter Young & Rediker. He later joined HealthSouth Corporation in Birming- ham as lead counsel for the compa- ny’s network of more than 125 surgery centers and president and supervisory principal of the company’s National Association of Securities Dealers- registered broker-dealer subsidiary. He went on to become HealthSouth’s

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In addition to long years of service on ASCA and the ASCA Foundation’s Board of Directors, Gary was instrumental in leading the organization’s early advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill.

senior vice president of corporate development, heading up the depart- ment responsible for acquisitions and de novo development of all the com- pany’s inpatient rehabilitation facili- ties and surgery centers. From there, he joined Regent Surgical Health as president and chief operating officer. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Regent Surgical Health and Revenue Cycle Management.

The Award and the Nomination Process Each Nap Gary Award recipient is recognized with a plaque featur- ing the ASCA logo and name of the recipient. Recipients also are recog- nized on ASCA’s website. All nominees will have served as an active leader making sus- tained contributions either in the local, state or national outpatient surgery communities as an advo- cate for and to the betterment of the ASC industry. To nominate a candidate for the

award, submit a completed nomina- tion form along with the nominee’s curriculum vitae and up to three let- ters of support by email to asc@ Letters of sup- port are encouraged and are at the discretion of the nominator. Addi- tionally, a nominee should have only one nomination letter from an indi- vidual person or organization. All entries for the 2021 award must be submitted no later than April 1. For more information, write Dee Bellfield at dbellfield@asc

Sahely Mukerji is the editor of ASC Focus magazine. Write her at smukerji@

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