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Iracema Arevalo M.D. wins Mary Miller Hayes Leadership Award


Iracema Arevalo, M.D.

The 2012 Memorial Hospital Mary Miller Hayes Leadership Award will be presented to Iracema Arevalo, M.D., which will be formally given to her on March 9 at the Memorial Hospital Celebrating Women & Wellness annual signature event at the Fremont Country Club. This year, the event features humorist Kay Frances’ program “The Funny Thing About Stress.”

According to Marianna Snavely, director of education at Memorial Hospital and nominator of Dr. Arevalo, “Dr. Arevalo is both a heroic physician, and a dynamic leader. She is a passionate care-giver and a highly skilled, extremely knowledgeable professional who has saved many lives due to her relentless focus on the well-being of her patients. She has an unwavering commitment to the holistic care of a patient, seeing patients through her heart. She lives and breathes to heal the mind, body and soul, while always treating patients with her incredible medical expertise.”

Dr. Arevalo checks out a patient at Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Arevalo is a board certified pediatric infectious disease specialist – only one of approximately 50 such specialist in the State of Ohio. She received her medical education from the Cayetano Heredia University of Lima, Peru.

Dr. Arevalo's residency training in pediatrics took place at Lincoln Medical Center, Cornell University of New York. She completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology at University School of Medicine in New York.

Dr. Arevalo has lived in Fremont for five years with her husband Otto and their daughter Andrea.She has been on staff at Memorial Hospital since 2007, and has served as the hospital's medical director of pediatrics since 2009. Dr. Arevalo sees patients full-time in Fremont at the Memorial Hospital Child and Adult Specialty Clinic.

“Dr. Arevalo is a world class physician, professional, leader and, most importantly, a world class human being,” Snavely said.  “No matter if Dr. Arevalo won this award or not, she will always be a hero to our community.”

The Mary Miller Hayes Leadership Award was created in 2010; it is awarded to a woman who exemplifies key qualities including, perseverance, dedication, passion, and selflessness. The award also seeks to honor someone for their involvement in activities as they relate to community and profession, leadership abilities, and dedication to the improvement of the quality of life in the local community.

Reservations are still available to the Memorial Hospital Women & Wellness’ signature event, where Dr. Arevalo will receive the award. This year’s event will also feature Kay Frances’ program The Funny Thing About Stress. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Memorial Hospital Director of Development and Marketing, Chasity O’Neill at 419.334.6667 or visit for more information.

The Celebrating Women & Wellness Committee was formed in 2009 by Memorial Hospital leadership. Women are often the driving force behind health care decisions; the creation of this committee ensures that the women of Fremont and Sandusky County are properly educated on important topics relevant to their and their family's well-being.

Chasity O'Neill
Director, Development and Marketing

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