The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Dr. Glen Barden as the fourth Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild. Barden, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine.
Dr. Barden has always demonstrated compassion and desire to help others out when they are in need. Prior to healthcare for the uninsured became a national debate, Dr. Barden was concerned about this epidemic and took action. In 1999, while he was CEO of the 180 physicians at the Watson Clinic, he led an effort to establish a free medical clinic for the working uninsured. Two years later his dream became a reality with the opening of Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. Since 2001, roughly 18,000 people have found a medical home where they receive quality care.
Despite being very busy with his own surgery practice, Dr. Barden spends his free time ensuring those in need of health care receive it. His executive leadership of a large group practice and his dedication to family he continued to lead Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine in the early years by successful fundraising, enlisting volunteer doctors and maintaining the mission of providing quality medical care for the uninsured.