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2019 Healthcare Heroes finalists


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Central Penn Parent’s 12th annual Healthcare Heroes awards program recognizes excellence, promotes innovation and honors the efforts of individuals and organizations making significant positive impacts on the quality of health care, and as a result the quality of our lives, for families in Central Pennsylvania.

Finalists will be recognized at a breakfast celebration on March 12, 2019, at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg. The winner of each category will be announced at the breakfast (click here for information and to purchase tickets). Also, every finalist and winner will be featured in a special section of the  April/May 2019 issue of Central Penn Parent.

The 2019 Healthcare Heroes Finalists

Allied Health Hero finalists
Ms. Elizabeth Bross, PA/C, UPMC Pinnacle Health
Mr. Stuart Druckman, Mechanicsburg Chiropractic Center
Ms. Teri Hagen, patient care associate, Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital
Ms. Danielle Jeffries, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Mr. John Zallnick, WellSpan Orthopedics

Animal Care Hero finalists
Dr. Michael Anzur, Valley Road Animal Hospital
Dr. Melody Enck, Fifth Avenue Animal Hospital
Dr. Alaina Loguidice, Silver Springs Animal Clinic
Dr. Karen J. Pittelli, Boiling Springs Animal Hospital
Dr. John Rill, Annville Veterinary Practice

First Responder Hero finalists
Mr. Mark S. Boland II, Geisinger Holy Spirit EMS
Mr. William Boring, Life Lion EMS
Officer Darren Cotton, Derry Township Police
Trooper Benjamin Markosky, Pennsylvania State Police

Health Professional Hero finalists
Ms. Jessica Hogan, Silver Creek Family Medicine
Ms. Joyce McCadney, Hamilton Health Center
Ms. Karen Meads, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Mr. Gil Pak, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Ms. Kim Trutman, Penn State Bone & Joint Institute

Mental Health Caregiver of the Year finalists
Dr. W. Jesse Gill, Psychological Health Associates
Dr. Charles Goins, Hamilton Health Center
Ms. Joy Guziec, Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital
Dr. Crista Johnson, Psychological Health Associates
Ms. Amanda Yost, WellSpan Philhaven Outpatient Services

Nurse of the Year finalists
Ms. Kristie Barkley, RN, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Ms. Denise Cutting, RN, Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital
Ms. Shannon Mason, RN, BSN, CTTS, UPMC Pinnacle
Ms. Laura Newlin, Masonic Village
Ms. Donna M. Putnam, RN, BSN, CTTS, Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital

Pediatric and Pediatric Specialties Hero finalists
Dr. Amy Burns, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Dr. Pia Fenimore, Lancaster Pediatric Associates
Dr. Randal Medzoyan, UPMC Pinnacle Annville
Dr. Aleesha Pencia, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Physician of the Year finalists
Dr. Eric Barr, Family Medicine Associates
Dr. Michael Fueyo, WellSpan Philhaven Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Dr. Ankit Goel and Dr. Jesus Vargas, UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg
Dr. Matthew Kaag, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Dr. Anne Marie Manning, Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital

Senior Care Hero finalists
Ms. Christine Ewing, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Ms. Dawn Hippensteele, UPMC Pinnacle
Mr. Chad Madden, Madden Physical Therapy
Ms. Jesse Swoyer
Ms. Kelly Whitehouse, Mt. Hope Nazarene Retirement Community

Special Needs Advocate Hero finalists
Ms. Rachel Griffith, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Ms. Monica Hockenbrock, Lower Dauphin High School
Ms. Nancy Keefer, WellSpan Philhaven Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Ms. Jennifer King
Leg Up Farm
Aaron’s Acres

Volunteer Hero
Mr. Paul LeVan, American Red Cross

Women’s Health & Wellness Hero finalists
Dr. Christine Cimo Hemphill, Geisinger Holy Spirit OB/GYN
Ms. Sandra Hoops, CNM, Woodward and Associates, PC
Ms. Lisa Murphy, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center – Women’s Health
Ms. Michelle Norris, CNM, WellSpan The Women’s Healthcare Group

Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. W. Stuart Warren, Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital (retired). Founder and former director of Cystic Fibrosis Center, Penn State  Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

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