Tuesday, June 14, 2016

USA, Greek Community Dedicate Hippocrates Park

Dr. Hercules Panayiotou, center, leads physicians in the Hippocratic Oath during a dedication ceremony for Hippocrates Park on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at the University of South Alabama.
The University of South Alabama and Mobile’s Greek community organization dedicated Hippocrates Park June 11, 2016, at the USA College of Medicine.

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) and USA collaborated to create the park. Representatives of AHEPA spoke at the ceremony, as well as USA President Dr. Tony Waldrop and Dr. Samuel Strada, dean of the USA College of Medicine.

“This wonderful statue and these attractive surroundings serve as a living link to Hippocrates, considered the father of western medicine, and the traditional principles expressed in the Hippocratic Oath,” said Dr. Samuel J. Strada, dean of the College of Medicine. “The tradition at the USA College of Medicine and at most medical schools is for students to recite this ancient oath during graduation ceremonies, thereby promising to uphold its professional and ethical tenets during their interactions with patients and their families.”

The specially commissioned Hippocrates statue is a donated gift from the Mobile 310 chapter of AHEPA and the focal point of the park between the USA Medical Sciences Building and Health Sciences Building. Donors are recognized with an inscription in various formats throughout the park.

Click here to view more photos from the dedication ceremony.

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