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Healthcare Heroes Awards

Central Penn Parent presents the HealthCare Hero Awards to honor those who epitomize the word "hero" in the delivery of health care to the community. Through these awards we seek to salute excellence, encourage innovation, offer examples of best practices for others to emulate, raise awareness in the community, enhance the quality of health care and, of course, recognize deserving individuals and organizations within the industry.

Finalists and nominators will be notified by letter in the middle of November. Question? Please contact Emily Winslow at emilyw@cpbj.com or 717-236-4300.

Missed nominations for this year’s event? Click here to be notified when the 2016 Healthcare Heroes program begins.

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2015 Healthcare Heroes Honorees


On March 27, 2015, at a breakfast held at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey, Central Pennsylvania heroes were honored and winners in each category were recognized.  

(Winners are in bold within each category)

Allied Healthcare Hero

Coleen A. Mills, RNC, CPNP, Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital

Behjat S. Noori, Palliative Care Services, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Penn State Hershey Life Lion             


Dental and Oral Care Hero

Kearns & Ashby DDS PC

Fields Family Dentistry, LLC

Jonise McDaniel, DDS, Hamilton Health Center



Eye Care Specialist Hero

Erik A. Chotiner, MD, Memorial Eye Institute

Robert Lauver, III, OD, FCOVD, PA Vision Specialists


Mental Health Caregiver of the Year

The Highmark Caring Place

Glenford D. Kauffman, MS, Family Resource and Counseling Centers


Nurse of the Year

Patricia L. Himes, CRNP, MSN, PinnacleHealth System

Patti A. Katzenmoyer, CRNP, Holy Spirit Hospital OB/GYN

Linda J. Knittle, RN, BSN, Memorial Hospital

Angela M. Miller, LPN, Holy Spirit General Surgery

Kathy J. Morrison, MSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Tracy L. Sinopoli, MS, Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center


Pediatric and Pediatric Specialties Hero

Carol D. Brown, RN, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital

Kimberly Fields, RN, CPN, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital

Miro Gardyasz, MD, Healthy Starts Pediatrics

Pinder Varma, MD, PinnacleHealth System


Pharmacy Hero

Coleen M. Kayden, R.Ph, Medication Information Service

Kevin M. Mulieri, PharmD, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Andrew C. Rinehart, PharmD, Hanover Hospital


Physician of the Year

Steven M. DeLuca, DO, MS, Orthopedic Institute of PA

Roger G. Kimber, MD, Meadow Creek Family Practice

Munima Nasir, MD, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center – Middletown Office

Perpetua A. Staub, MD, Hanover Hospital, Total Wound Care Center

Kraig W. Sturtz, MD, Memorial Hospital

Lisa S. Tkatch, MD, FACP, PinnacleHealth System

Arthur Williams, MD, Hamilton Health Center


Senior Care Hero

Candy L. Arter, Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services

Jesse O. Swoyer, Center of Independent Living of Central PA and G.H.O.S.T. (Greatly Helping Others Strength Train)


Special Needs Advocate

Elizabeth Y. Bates, RN, BS, ND, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Nursing

Lisa Hartley, Penn-Mar Human Services

Sandra A. Myers, Jessica & Friends Community


Women’s Health and Wellness Hero

Faith D. Daggs, MD, CFCMC, Holy Spirit OB/GYN

Gerald J. Harkins, MD, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

PSHMC Lactation Consultants

Sharee L. Livingston, DO, FACOG, Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center

April V. Stambaugh, ICCE, CD, HBCE, HB, Independent

Cristina I. Truica, MD, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute


Volunteer Heroes

Anna Mae Alwine – Hanover Hospital

Mary Lou Bear – Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Herb Bell – Good Samaritan Hospital


Future of Healthcare Award Winner: Lindsay H. Carns, Holy Spirit Hospital


Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: D. Holmes Morton, MD, Clinic for Special Children

Healthcare Heroes is sponsored by:


Presenting Sponsor:


Major Sponsors:


Lifetime Achievement Sponsor:


Supporting Sponsor:


Senior Care Category Sponsor:


Special Needs Advocate Sponsor:


Eye Care Specialist Sponsor: 


Pharmacy Hero:


Women's Health & Wellness Hero:


Nurse of the Year:


Volunteer Hero Sponsor:


Physician of the Year Sponsor:


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