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Honorees selected for 2017 Health Care Achievement Awards

Twenty-four honorees—22 individuals and two organizations—have been selected as recipients of the Rochester Business Journal’s 2017 Health Care Achievement Awards. This year’s group is the 15th to receive the awards.

The Health Care Achievement Awards are to be presented March 24 during a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The event recognizes individuals and groups whose contributions to health care have been deemed outstanding by their colleagues, patients and supervisors.

Award nominations were made by community members, who supplied biographies, testimonials and other supporting information. Individuals and groups comprise eight key categories:


OnSight 3D Extremity System
Carestream Health
Unity Hospital Intensive Nursing Care Unit
Rochester Regional Health
SpaceOAR, Prostate HDR Brachytherapy
Hong Zhang M.D., Highland Hospital/UR Medicine

Health Care Staff

Rebecca Alley
Rochester Regional Health
Krista Benz
Highland Hospital/UR Medicine
William Schaefer
Trillium Health


Clyde Comstock
Hillside Family of Agencies
Walter Pegoli Jr. M.D. 
University of Rochester Medical Center
Amy Pollard
Noyes Health/UR Medicine


Barbara Blue R.N.
Highland Hospital/UR Medicine
Joan Nowak R.N.
Catholic Charities Community Services
Patricia Witzel R.N.
Strong Memorial Hospital/UR Medicine


Joseph Johnson M.D.
Highland Hospital/UR Medicine
Carolyn Lee Mok M.D.
Jordan Health
William Valenti M.D.
Trillium Health

Senior Care

Andrea Green R.N.
Episcopal SeniorLife Communities
Diane Kane M.D.
St. Ann’s Community
Cindy Lovetro R.N.
Rochester Regional Health

Special Needs

Mary Erturk R.N.
Daystar for Medically Fragile Children
Elmar Frangenberg M.D.
CP Rochester/Happiness House
Colleen Freeman
CDS Monarch


Jo Ann Alwardt
Highland Hospital/UR Medicine
Evelyn Haslett
Rochester Regional Health 
Jasmine Kiley
Heathwood Assisted Living.

MVP Health Care is the presenting sponsor for the event. Advantage Federal Credit Union, Roberts Wesleyan College and the Simon Business School are supporting sponsors.

(c) 2017 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.


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