Orlando Health Pediatric Trauma Director Receives National Impact Award

(Photo (L-R): Mary Rogers, Chief Nursing Officer; Cary D’Ortona, President; Dr. Don Plumley, Medical Director of Pediatric Trauma; Justin Williams, Chief Operating Officer)

Orlando, FL (April 29, 2021) – Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children’s medical director of pediatric trauma, Dr. Donald Plumley, has been awarded the 2020 Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals Impact Award. This inaugural award recognizes one clinician or team across the country that has made a significant impact on the care provided to children in their hospital.

Dr. Plumley has spent his 27-year medical career at Orlando Health, caring for some of the most injured and critically ill patients in Central Florida and across the world. He has been an ongoing champion for fundraising through CMN Hospitals partners and programs, as the dollars raised locally provide support for Orlando Health Arnold Palmer’s areas of greatest need, including purchasing life-saving medical equipment, expanding vital services, and underwriting training resources and programs that impact patients and the community.

“We are so thrilled that Dr. Plumley has been honored with this prestigious award,” said Cary D’Ortona, president of Orlando Health Arnold Palmer. “While he is an incredibly skilled physician and surgeon, what is so admirable about him is his passion for educating our community on how to prevent traumas and emergencies from ever happening.”

Currently serving as the chairman of the board for the Greater Orlando CMN Hospitals, Dr. Plumley has been on the board of directors for 15 years. With nominations submitted by hospitals across the United States, the committee selected Dr. Plumley after careful evaluation, citing that his excellence demonstrates exceptional care supported by CMN Hospitals funds.

“It was such an honor to have this opportunity to recognize an incredible caregiver like Dr. Plumley. In all years, and especially following this past year, we value the incredible work of clinicians at children’s hospitals,” said Teri Nestel, president and CEO of CMN Hospitals. “Learning about the many ways Dr. Plumley is serving not only the patients and families in his community, but his dedication and service to advancing pediatric healthcare globally is inspiring. Dr. Plumley reminds us that together, we can change kids’ health and change the future, for all of us.”

The award announcement was made last week during a virtual ceremony in recognition of Children’s Hospitals Week, which shines a light on the importance of children's hospitals and how charitable support of these nonprofit hospitals help care for more than 10 million children each a year.


Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is a 156-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of children. Located in Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital provides expertise in pediatric specialties such as cardiac care, craniomaxillofacial surgery, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology and sports medicine. The Bert Martin’s Champions for Children Emergency Department & Trauma Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital is part of the only Level One Trauma Center in the area, and is the first facility in Central Florida to provide emergency care exclusively for pediatric patients. Visit to learn more about all of our specialties.

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