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Executive producer and cast attend awards honoring soap opera. congratulates General Hospital, which was honored at last night’s 19th annual Sentinel Awards for the storyline involving Sonny’s family dealing with his father Mike Corbin’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. For nearly two decades, the Sentinel Awards have recognized outstanding achievements in television storylines that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives. As the entertainment landscape expands, television programs continue to push boundaries, and topics such as disease, injury, maternal health, disability, violence, discrimination and more are being explored through dynamic storytelling. Current Series Executive at ABC Nathan Varni was joined by GH Executive producer Frank Valentini, and cast members Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), Michelle Stafford (Nina Reeves), Max Gail (Mike Corbin) and Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos) at the awards. Wright and Gail presented the award to Valentini, who remarked, “Our goal was to present this struggle as accurately as possible.”

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The Sentinel Awards are presented by Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. This year the 12 outstanding Sentinel Awards honorees tackled a wide range of topics that include nuclear safety, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, autism, sexual assault, mental health and disabilities. Fellow ABC program Grey’s Anatomy was also honored for their hemorrhage cart storyline showcasing maternal health. The awards are funded through the generous support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The SCAN Foundation, N Square Collaborative, and the California Health Care Foundation, among others. To aid writers of these storylines the Hollywood, Health & Society provides entertainment industry with accurate and timely information for their storylines dealing with health, safety and security through consultations and briefings with experts.