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2020 Healthcare Heroes
Central Penn Parent and Central Penn Business Journal’s 13th annual Healthcare Heroes awards program will be held on March 13. This award recognizes excellence, promotes innovation and honors the efforts of individuals and organizations making significant positive impacts on the quality of health care in Central Pennsylvania.
Watch the livestream of the event starting at 8 a.m.
2020 Healthcare Heroes Finalists:
Advancements in Innovation and Healthcare:
Alder Health Services
Allied Health Hero:
Dr. Robert Blake of Blake Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center
Nikki Marhefka of Central Penn College
Javier Muniz of Wellspan Health
Community Outreach/Education Hero:
Central Penn Business Group on Health
Jeanne McClintick LNP, CHPLN of Hospice of Central PA
Adam Marden of Susquehanna Valley EMS
Leigh-Ann Reitze of UPMC
Health Professional Hero:
Ali Washabaugh of House of Hope
Jonathan Ortiz, DO of UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle
Brian SChuler, MD of WellSpan Cardiology
Mental Health Hero:
Marian Echevarria of WellSpan Health
Kenia Perez-Gonzalez of WellSpan Philhaven – Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Pediatrics Care Hero:
Johanna Vidal-Phelan, MD, MBA, FAAP of Hamilton Health Center
Aimee Friedrich of WellSpan York Hospital
Gabrielle Wallace of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Senior Care Hero:
Julie Hurley of The Campus of the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg
Katherine Szala of Visiting Angels
Special Needs Advocate:
Jeannette Magaro of Autism in Classrooms
Cheryl D. Tierney, MD of Penn State Pediatric Rehabilitation and Development
Therapeutic Care Hero:
Denisha Roberts of Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development
Brett Ernst, MD of Schein Ernst Mishra Eye
Women’s Health and Wellness Hero:
Lynne M. Hopfl RN, BSN, M.ED. of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Adriane Burgess of WellSpan York Hospital
Workplace Wellness Program of the Year:
County Commissioners Association of PA
UTZ Quality Foods
Nurse of the Year *:
Tara Gardner of Geisinger Holy Spirit
Tammie Treibley of WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center
Kelly Trynosky DNP, RN, ACNP-BC of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital – Center for Heart Care
Sarah Bosserman Matulewicz of WellSpan York Hospital
Physician of the Year *:
Bolanle A Limann MD, MPH, MBA of Hamilton Health Center
Mark L. Simmons of Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine
Patrick Moreno of Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine
Amber Billet, MD, FACEP of WellSpan York Hospital
Lifetime Achievement Hero:
Thomas R. McGann M.D. of WellSpan Health
* A top winner will be announced in these categories at the awards celebration in March.
Advancement in Innovation and Healthcare
This honors an organization principally responsible for a scientific discovery or for the development of a new process, device or a service that can save or improve the quality of life for a large number of people.
Allied Health Hero
This honors a non-physician professional practicing in allied health who displays exemplary performance in his/her field and whose services benefit families in our local communities. Examples include: Physician Assistants, lab technicians, phlebotomists, chemotherapy technicians, CNAs, hospice workers, nutritionists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and radiology technicians.
Community Outreach/Education Hero
This honors an individual or organization that reaches outside of their normal sphere of business to focus attention on a health care issue or to solve a community health problem.
First Responder Hero
This honors individuals such as the military, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters and police for their professional achievement and community involvement in their line of duty.
Health Professional Hero
This honors non-medical health care workers. Examples include administrators, professors, health insurance professionals and receptionists.
Lifetime Achievement Hero
This award is presented to one individual for his/her lifetime career of advancing the health care of our region through heroic acts, mentoring, compassion, honor and integrity.
Mental Health Caregiver of the Year
This honors an individual or organization that provides mental health support and counseling services to individuals and families in our local communities.
Nurse of the Year
This honors a nurse or nurse practitioner whose performance is considered exemplary by patients and doctors and provides a model of professionalism to peers.
Pediatric and Pediatric Specialties Hero
This honors a physician or non-physician working in pediatric medicine or pediatric medical specialties whose work notably benefits the children in our local communities.
Physician of the Year
This honors a physician who displays exemplary performance in his/her field and whose services benefit in our local communities.
Senior Care Hero
This honors an individual or organization committed to advancing the health and wellness of senior citizens in our local communities.
Special Needs Advocate
This honors an individual or organization invested in special needs care for adults and/or children and making a difference to families in our local communities.
Therapeutic Care Provider of the Year
This honors an individual or organization invested in physical therapy, occupational therapy or chiropractic care whose job performance is considered commendable by patients and colleagues.
This honors non-payroll individuals who reach out with time or skills to help patients or health care providers.
Women’s Health and Wellness Hero
This honors an individual or organization that makes women’s health and wellness a top priority and whose services benefit women of all ages. Examples include: OB/GYNs, imaging technicians, midwives, doulas, women’s health facilities.
Workplace Wellness Program of the Year
This honors an organization for a company-wide wellness program, healthy work environment, ergonomics program, or other health-related activities benefiting employees.