Donovan Hess, MD, has been awarded the Masonic Mission Award. He was nominated for this award by the parents of two of his patients.

Read more from the nomination letter:
"The first time my child met Dr. Hess was right after the surgery and my shy, anxious little boy, stretched out his hand to shake Dr. Hess's hand. He has never done that before, never interacted much with strangers, preferring to hide behind me. But with Dr. Hess, he immediately formed a bond. There is something about Dr. Hess that babies feel and understand, something I have never seen in anyone else. I have two boys and Dr. Hess has saved both of them.  He has a unique gift beyond his medical skills to bond with children, ease their fear and pain and help their parents along the way. In the real world, superheroes don't wear capes, they were surgical scrubs and they bring hope to those around them."