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2021 Health Care Heroes

Health care workers have faced unprecedented challenges during the past year due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These organizations and individuals deserve to be recognized and celebrated every day, but right now it is even more critical. Honorees will be celebrated on May 27 at the virtual awards event as well as through profiles in the Health Care Heroes magazine and online.

Join us for our online awards celebration

May 27, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

 Tickets: $25 ($30 after May 17)


Your ticket includes: 

– Access to our professionally produced, TV-quality livestream program

– Video storytelling with compelling comments from each honoree

– Video shout out messages from our sponsors

– Guests and winners participating during the event through social media appearing live on screen

For more information, contact our Events Team at cpbjevents@bridgetowermedia.com



Do the winners have to say something?

Winners do not speak live during the event, but will be contacted to be profiled in a multi-media video that will be aired during the event. 

I’m a Health Care Hero award winner, what now? 

Sit tight, a member of our team will contact you soon with any additional details.

If I’m a winner, do I need to purchase a ticket?

You do not need to purchase a ticket for yourself as an honoree. All other attendees must purchase a ticket. Sponsorship packages are available to purchase for those wanting large groups of tickets and additional benefits. 

Can I buy an ad in the publication?

The Health Care Hero program is supported through sponsorships. The ads you see in the magazine are part of the sponsorship packages. Please email shuettner@bridgetowermedia.com.

I bought a ticket but I don’t see it? 

Tickets will be sent to you and everyone who registers the day before and the day of the event via email. 

Remember, tickets can only be opened on one device, if you open it on your phone but then try to open it on your computer it will not work.

Contact cpbjevents@bridgetowermedia.com if you have any issues. 

2020 Healthcare Heroes Finalists:


Advancements in Innovation and Healthcare:

Alder Health Services


WellSpan Health

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

Volunteer Hero:

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

Dickinson College

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

Advancements in Innovation and Health Care

Smilebuilderz LLC

Community Outreach/Education Hero

Kelly Blechertas York County Coalition on Homelessness

Oralia Dominic Highmark Inc.

Ann Kunkel WellSpan Health

Hamilton Health Center

Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

COVID-19 Hero

Eugene Curley WellSpan Health

Rich Feczko Compass One Healthcare

Allison Polinski Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

Hamilton Health Center

Child Life Program Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

Health Care Specialties Hero

Ron Coughlin The Campus of the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg, PA

Cristine Frantz WellSpan York Hospital

Holly Gilmore WellSpan Philhaven

Ashutosh Kumar Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

Music Therapists – Board Certified Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Donald Steely Jr WellSpan Health York Cancer Center

Duane Williams Penn State Children’s Hospital | Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Health Professional Hero

Anne Bizup Central Penn College

Robert W. Callahan Jr. US Department of Veterans Affairs, Lebanon VA Medical Center

Mark Goedecker WellSpan Health

Elena Guk Cornerstone Dental Health

Jaime Bashore Long Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Amber Stower WellSpan Philhaven

Lifetime Achievement Hero

Robert C. Aber Penn State Health

Cheston Berlin Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

Mental Health Caregiver Hero

Michael Diller WellSpan Health

Amy Eichelberger WellSpan Philhaven Behavioral Health

Hanni Snyder WellSpan Philhaven

Jennifer Stoner Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

Timothy Zeiger Timothy S. Zeiger Psy.D., PLLC

WellSpan Covid-19 High Impact Behavioral Health Team Leads WellSpan Health/WellSpan Philhaven

Nurse Hero

Tracie Dawson Derry Township School District/ Hershey Middle School

WGSH Nursing Team WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital

Elisha J. Peregino Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Jill Savini Lebanon Valley College

Lindsay Truong The Campus of the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg, PA

Physician Hero

Nicole Osevala Penn State Health

Erika F. H. Saunders Penn State Health

Raghav Tirupathi Keystone Health


Advancement in Innovation and Health care

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.

COVID-19 Hero

This award honors an individual making an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 Hero

This honors an individual or organization that provides mental health support and counseling services to individuals and families in our local communities.

Nurse Hero

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 Hero

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 Hero

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.

Volunteer Hero

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 Hero

This honors an organization for a company-wide wellness program, healthy work environment, ergonomics program, or other health-related activities benefiting employees.