ICHF founder wins the 2007 Frederique Constant Passion Award

Thursday June 28, 2007 12:56:25 PM

Dr. Novick received the Frederique Constant Passion Award in Geneva SwitzerlandOn June 28, Dr. Novick was presented the the 2007 Frederique Constant Passion Award which annually recognizes passionate entrepreneurs who have successfully developed an international business. The Constant Passion Award recognizes that true passion is typically the main driver of a successful entreneurial business. It also seeks to identify best practices which may be useful to other entrepreneurial organizations.

The fact that the International Children's Heart Foundation (ICHF) is a non-profit organization made the award even more heartfelt. Dr. Novick is proud to wear his new solid gold Frederique Constant watch from the Heart Beat Manufacture collection as a symbol of all the hard work of the ICHF staff and its dedicated medical and non-medical volunteers who make the free operations to children with congential heart defects in underserved countries.

Additionally, the ICHF story will be documented in a Business Case Study by Prof. Dominique Turpin of the IMD International Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland to encourage others and teach best practices. Since its modest beginnings, Dr. Novick has elevated the International Children’s Heart Foundation to an organization that is recognized as a world leader for  providing more heart surgery and education than any other organization in its class. ICHF and its volunteers have been recognized at the highest government levels with Presidential Medals from three countries: Belarus, Croatia, and Nicaragua; and by the media with an Academy Award for Chernobyl Heart Documentary, 2004 in which ICHF work and Dr. Novick were featured.  Foundation volunteer physicians routinely appear on the list of America’s Best Doctors.

 Dr. Novick started the International Children’s Heart Foundation in July 1994 and has been taking volunteer m edical teams around the world to provide free operations to children with congenital heart defects.  To date, the International Children’s Heart Foundation has complteed 144 medical mission trips and operated on almost 3000 children in 20 countries.  Over 1000 volunteers have traveled with the medical teams over the years.