Julie Freischlag, MD, Receives Distinguished Citizen Award

October 17, 2021

Congratulations to Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS, Chief Academic Officer of Atrium Health Enterprise, CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Health and Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, for receiving one of the Old Hickory Council, Boy Scouts of America’s 2021 Distinguished Citizen Award. The award recognizes local members of the community who personify the spirit of Scouting and are examples of what Scouting holds most important — leadership and service to others.

Frieschlag was recognized as having a significant influence through a lifetime of service and leadership to her community. Her passion and leadership are best described by the Boy Scout slogan, "Do A Good Turn Daily." The award was announced at its annual Distinguished Citizen Award event on October 18.

“Each year the honorees are chosen by vote of their peers who are past honorees and among the most significant leaders in our community,” said Drew Armstrong, Scout Executive/CEO of the Old Hickory Council. “The past two years have been some of the most extraordinary with a pandemic affecting us all, I can think of none more deserving of the award than the two local healthcare leaders in our region that have met the challenge of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic head-on.”

For 30 years, the Old Hickory Council, headquartered in Winston-Salem, has sought to recognize individuals in the community who are role models by his or her personal accomplishments and examples of what Scouting holds most important -- leadership and service to others. From the very first honoree in 1990, this important community event has raised more than $5 million for Scouting in northwest North Carolina. Out of more than 260 Boy Scout Councils across the United States, the Old Hickory Council continues to be recognized as one of the premier councils in the nation. The council has been serving young people and their communities throughout the eight counties in northwest North Carolina with programs of leadership training, life skills development families, community service, and personal fitness for almost 110 years.