(Fayetteville, NC) Howard Loughlin, M.D., has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 National Children’s Advocacy Center Outstanding Service Award in the category of Medical Care. He will be recognized at the 29th National Symposium on Child Abuse on March 20 in Huntsville, AL.
Dr. Loughlin was nominated by the Child Advocacy Center in Fayetteville, NC, in recognition of his many years of service to the children of Cumberland County. In 1991, Dr. Loughlin helped to found Friends of Children at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center to serve hospitalized children and their families. In 1993, Dr. Loughlin and other concerned professionals came together to establish the Child Advocacy Center, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. Dr. Loughlin has served on its board throughout its history.
Dr. Loughlin started the Child Abuse Evaluation Clinic at Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SRAHEC) in Fayetteville in 1994 so he and other local physicians could provide the necessary examinations for child abuse victims. He was director of that clinic until July 2012, when he partially retired. He continues to work at SRAHEC part-time.
In 2009, Dr. Loughlin was one of the first physicians in the nation to take and pass the exam to become a Board Certified Child Abuse Pediatrician. In 2012, he received the Champion for Children award from the Cumberland County Break the Chain of Child Abuse Committee.