Rep. Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) has received the Excellence Award for Community Service for work with Saving Little Hearts,
The award was given out at the 6th Annual Saving Little Hearts Gala which was held March 1 in Knoxville. Overbey championed legislation before the Tennessee General Assembly in 2007 that established a pilot program for pulse oximetry testing of newborn infants. This legislation promotes a 30-second, non-invasive test that helps ensure a newborn’s heart is functioning properly.
“I am honored to receive this award of excellence,” Overbey said, in a press release. “Saving Little Hearts is an outstanding organization- I can’t say enough about the outstanding work it has accomplished not only in Tennessee but throughout the United States.”
Additionally, Rep. Overbey was himself born with a heart defect, tetralogy of Fallot, which required him to undergo numerous surgical procedures as a child. This childhood experience is one of the reasons for his support of last year’s legislation. “My goal in sponsoring the pulse oximetry testing bill was simple: to save other parents from the ordeal my own parents faced and make sure babies with congenital heart defects receive prompt and appropriate care,” said Overbey.
Saving Little Hearts is a national service organization based in Knoxville.