Dr. Patrick Hawkins of Flint receives "Caregiver of the Year" award in DC

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJRT) - (09/30/15) - A Flint health care professional has spent the past 23 years caring for patients. Now, Dr. Patrick Hawkins is being recognized on a national level for his work.

Hawkins isn't just any nurse practitioner. His motto is "everybody is somebody's someone", treating his patients as if they were members of his own family.

“If not you, and if not now, then when. This is what we are supposed to do. We’re all about taking care of the people and that’s what really matters,” Hawkins said.

Only ABC12 was there Wednesday evening as the Hurley Medical Center doctor accepted the American Kidney Fund's "Caregiver of the Year" award in Washington, D.C. at the seventh annual Hope Affair.

“When we saw the quality of nominations for Patrick and all the wonderful things people had to say about him, it was clear that he is really an extraordinary person,” said Tamara Ruggreio, vice president of public affairs, American Kidney Fund.

Not only did his co-workers recognize it, but so did his elected representatives.

“To have Patrick honored for his work in health care on a national level just demonstrates we have so many great people in our community doing really amazing things,” said Flint Congressman Dan Kildee.

Hawkins says he was humbled to receive this award, but says he doesn't see what he does as work.

“To be honest, going to work and getting paid is a perk. I love what I do, I get to live my dream every day I go to work. So the rest of it is a bonus,” he said.

Even in receiving the award, he didn’t want the attention on him. He wants it toward drawing awareness of kidney disease and making sure everybody is somebody’s someone.

“I love walking in to work and seeing my clients and being there for them. That’s really what I like," he said.

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