Two leaders of Ascension Investment Management are part of a group of healthcare investment professionals honored by Investor Intelligence Network, part of Institutional Investor, Inc. This is the first time the group has named award recipients in U.S. healthcare.

David Erickson, CFA, Chief Investment Officer, received the Investor Intelligence Award for Socially Responsible Investing, and Tim Runnells, Director, Real Assets, was among four recipients of the group’s “Rising Star” award. Erickson and Runnells received their awards at Institutional Investor’s Roundtable for Consultants & Institutional Investors October 9 in Chicago.

In addition to their passion for investing, the award recipients – many of whom came into the healthcare arena from private money management or public funds – share a common belief in, and commitment to, a public service ethic, according to Investor Intelligence Network, which publishes Institutional Investor.

“We are thrilled to be able to highlight the exceptional work being done by investment professionals in the healthcare industry,” said Katarina Storfer, Head of Research and Institutional Relations, Institutional Investor. “These individuals are among the most thoughtful and accomplished people in the institutional marketplace, and they operate in one of the most important and complex sectors in the American economy – healthcare. The decisions they make each day positively impact the lives of millions of patients and the healthcare workers who attend to them.”