Annual Award Presentation






Every year CECA presents two awards to individuals who have went above and beyond for children in Tennessee. Please read more information about these awards below.

These awards are presented during a luncheon at the Annual Update in Acute & Emergency Care Pediatrics Conference. 

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Advocate for Children Award

This award is bestowed upon an individual who has made an outstanding contribution of major significance to the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children program. Candidates are from all areas of the continuum of pediatric emergency care. This person has provided an indispensable service which is above and beyond all expectations and their efforts demonstrate exemplary dedication to the wellbeing of children.



Joseph Weinberg, MD Leadership Award

Dr. Weinberg has been an instrumental figure in the establishment of Emergency Medical Services for Children both nationally and in Tennessee. He was one of the original authors of the first publication noting the deficiencies of the healthcare system as it relates to critically ill and injured children. He is the ideal embodiment of a pediatrician that combines his expertise in emergency medicine and political maneuvering to improve care for children. This award is bestowed upon an individual who displays the attributes of a leader that can bring together diverse stakeholders and organizations to improve the care of critically ill and injured children.

2020 Award Presentation Ceremony

The Award Luncheon will be held coinciding with the Annual Update in Acute & Emergency Care Pediatrics Conference.

When: April 2, 2020

Where: The Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville, 1874 W. McEwen Drive Franklin, TN 37067


Past Award Recipients

2019 - Advocate for Children Award: Rhonda Phillippi

            Joseph Weinberg, MD Leadership Award: Kate Copeland


If you know someone who would be worthy of receiving one of these awards, please complete this nomination form. Nominations are due January 31, 2020. For any questions, please contact the CECA office at cecatn@vumc.org or 615-343-3672.