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Honorees chosen for achievement in health care

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

 SpaceOAR, Prostate HDR

Brachytherapy, Hong Zhang M.D., Highland Hospital/UR Medicine

 Unity Hospital Intensive Nursing

Care Unit, Rochester Regional Health

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


 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

Tickets for the luncheon are $60 a person, $600 per table of 10; for the VIP reception and luncheon, $75. To reserve a seat, visit

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.

2/10/2017 (c) 2017 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email [email protected]



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