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Why nominate a Healthcare Hero?
Central Penn Parent’s Healthcare Heroes program honors doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers from across Central Pennsylvania.
But the breakfast celebration and plaques aren’t what means the most to many honorees: It’s the sentiment behind them.
“In 2011, I sat with Elizabeth Shaeffer, who was sobbing when she was told she was part of the event; this was before even finding out that she had won,” recalled Tara Peffley, an account executive for Central Penn Parent. Shaeffer won the Children’s Health Advocate award that year. After losing a child of her own, she steered her life to help women with high-risk pregnancies. “She thought winning this award would have made her child proud,” Peffley said. “As she swallowed back tears, she told me she was ‘just doing her job.’”
Peffley, like others who attend the ceremony each spring, enjoys seeing the pride on the faces of the healthcare heroes who are nominated each year.
Just last year, Peffley watched as Ruth Foltz received the Lifetime Achievement award. “She was hugging us and thanking us for the opportunity. Here is a lady who is 82 years old and has spent her life helping kids with special needs—long before there were services or help out there for them,” Peffley said. Foltz received a standing ovation. “What an honor to be a part of making that happen and honoring a lady who has given her entire life to making a difference for others.”
Peffley encourages everyone to nominate their favorite healthcare hero for the award. “There is so much negativity surrounding what is happening right now in healthcare. We lose focus on the positive side of what is happening all around us,” Peffley said. “Healthcare is so important and having the right people in these positions is crucial to our survival. These people and organizations deserve to be honored for all they are doing. It is a positive and uplifting event for the healthcare community.”
To nominate your own healthcare hero, click here.
Healthcare Heroes is sponsored by: Spring Creek Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Memorial Hospital, Bayada Pediatrics, Hanover Hospital, Capital BlueCross, United Concordia, PSA Healthcare, Capstone Medical Associates and Traditions of Hershey
Natosha Kreamer is an intern at Central Penn Parent and a senior at Lebanon Valley College studying English Communications with a minor in Art and Art History.