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Heart surgeon Dr. Cary Akins was honored at Boston Health Care for the Homeless’s “Medicine That Matters” gala at the Sheraton. And two of Akins’s star patients — former General Electric CEO Jack Welch and MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle — were there to applaud him. (Akins, who teaches at Harvard Medical School, opened up Welch in 1995 and Barnicle in 1998.) Also honored for their work in the community were the Red Sox, represented at the event by team brass John Henry and Larry Lucchino.