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CHICAGO, IL – Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Chief of Cardiology, Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, is being honored with the prestigious Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA).  Dr. Yancy received his Eagle Scout award, the highest rank for Boy Scouts, in 1974 from Troop 391 of the Istrouma Area Council in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Along with his best high school friend, Dr. Yancy was one of the first African-American Eagle Scouts in Baton Rouge.

“I am deeply touched by this acknowledgment as a Distinguished Eagle Scout,” Yancy said. “Scouting was one of the glory periods in my life. I owe a lot to Scouting – who can forget, “leave a campsite better than you found it”; that has quietly become one of my life mantras- always leave a situation better than you found it. Still works.”

In addition to serving as Chief of Cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Yancy is a past president of the American Heart Association and has made significant contributions to the medical community through his research in heart failure, hypertension, heart transplantation, prevention, quality of care and health care disparities.

Jac A. Charlier, NESA Chicago Chairman said “Dr. Yancy’s achievements serve as an example to our communities’ youth of what can be achieved in life when they start with a strong foundation like Scouting.  Eagle Scouts are encouraged to live out the values they learned in Scouting so they can soar to new heights of service to others and community.”

Dr. Yancy’s Distinguished Eagle Scout Award will be presented at the annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner hosted by NESA Chicago on Tuesday, January 7, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Feinberg Pavilion.   Each year, NESA Chicago hosts this dinner to celebrate and recognize the newest class of Eagle Scouts from the Chicago Area Council.  Adult Eagle Scouts and other supporters sponsor the new class of Eagles to attend.  Sponsorships start at $100 and can be purchased at www.NESAChicago.org/ESRD or by calling the council service center at 312-421-8800 ext. 263.

The last Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Chicago Area Council was presented to the late Steve Fossett, who received the award in 1998.

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award was implemented in 1969.  Since then, less than 2000 have been awarded out of the two million men who have earned the Eagle Scout rank.  The award recognizes individuals who, after receiving their Eagle Award at least 25 prior, have distinguished themselves in their career and have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis.  Other notable persons who have received the award are: President Gerald R. Ford, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Steven Spielberg and astronaut Neil Armstrong.

NESA Chicago, Chicago’s chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association, is a group of men in the Chicagoland area that achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as youth.  NESA Chicago’s goal is to promote camaraderie and networking among its members while also supporting Scouts and Scouting through NESA sponsored events and mentoring opportunities.  All Eagle Scouts are welcome to join.  To learn more, visit www.NESAChicago.org.

Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of America serves thousands of youth across the Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs through traditional Scouting programs, Learning for Life and Exploring. The principle purpose of all Chicago Area Council programs are to instill positive values and prepare youth for life. To learn more, visit www.chicagobsa.org.

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