Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL for being honored with a Sentinel Award for its powerful portrayal of Alzheimer’s disease in the storyline of Sonny’s father, Mike. The 2018 Sentinel Awards were held Oct. 3 at the Taglyan Complex where the Hollywood, Health & Society program gave out 12 awards to shows that tackled topics such as HIV/AIDS, mental health, disabilities, and more. “Our awesome boss, Frank Valentini, accepting an award for the GH Alzheimer’s storyline,” Finola Hughes (Anna) shared on Instagram with a pic of the soap’s executive producer on stage accepting the award. “Well deserved! Beautifully acted, written, directed, and produced.”
Hollywood, Health & Society provides the entertainment industry with accurate and timely information for storylines dealing with health, safety, and security, and the Sentinel Awards are their way of honoring the programs which delivered stories with informed and educated. “Entertainment television is a powerful resource for information, and compelling storylines can motivate millions of viewers worldwide,” said Kate Langrall Folb, director of HH&S.
Other series that were honored included CHICAGO MED, GREY’S ANATOMY, ONE DAY AT A TIME, EMPIRE, SESAME STREET, and SOFIA THE FIRST. Attending the awards ceremony along with Valentini were Hughes, Laura Wright (Carly), and Michelle Stafford (Nina), who shared her own photo of the evening, a selfie taken at their dinner table!
Viewers have been moved by Mike’s storyline unfold on GH, and the soap already has Emmy buzz for the writers and actors involved. This is likely the first of many awards they will take home for this emotional portrayal of the debilitating disease and its affect on families.
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