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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.

The Central Penn Business Journal is COVID conscious and will be making educated decisions on whether events are virtual or in-person per CDC recommendations and state and county guidance. For now, all events for 2020 are moving forward as virtual but as soon as we can come back together in person to celebrate excellence we look forward to doing so.

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


* 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.

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 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.