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Honorees chosen for achievement in health care

Honorees chosen for achievement in health care

Twenty-six honorees—22 individuals and four organizations—have been selected as recipients of the Rochester Business Journal’s 2018 Health Care Achievement Awards. This year’s group is the 16th to receive the awards.

healthcare_awardsThe Health Care Achievement Award recipients will be honored during a luncheon March 23 at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The event recognizes excellence, promotes innovation and honors the efforts of organizations and individuals making a significant impact on the quality of health care in our area.

“The health care industry is crucial not only to Rochester’s economy, but also to the well-being of the community, and the individuals and groups being honored go to great lengths to make Rochester a healthier community,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of the Rochester Business Journal. “We are thrilled to be able to honor the accomplishments of these talented and dedicated health care professionals.”

Award nominations were made by community members, who supplied biographies, testimonials and other supporting information. Winners were selected by the Rochester Business Journal.

Individuals and groups are being honored in nine categories:

Health Care Innovation

  • SIMPLE, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • MACI, Rochester Regional Health
  • Backstop: Multistage Recommendation Tracking, UR Medicine, Thompson Health


  • Mathew Devine D.O., Accountable Health Partners, URMedicine, Highland Hospital
  • Ronald Epstein M.D., UR Medicine, Highland Hospital
  • Balazs Zsenits M.D., Rochester Regional Health


  • Melissa Bronstein R.N., Rochester Regional Health
  • Deborah Jones BSN RNC-OB, UR Medicine, Thompson Health
  • Kathy Rideout R.N., University of Rochester School of Nursing, University of Rochester Medical Center

Management (hospitals)

  • Kara Lincoln. Finger Lakes Health
  • Brian Martin, UR Medicine, Wilmot Cancer Insititute
  • Jeff Mothersell, Rochester Regional Health

Management (long-term care)

  • Maureen Garbach, The Friendly Home
  • Thomas Hanna Jr., All-American Home Care
  • Michele Schirano, Jewish Senior Life

Senior Care

  • Marie Aydelotte M.D., Jewish Senior Life
  • Catherine Chabrier, Rochester Regional Health
  • Sheila O’Brien, St. John’s Home

Special Needs

  • Ruth Benjamin RN-BC, CRRN CDDN, RNC-TNP, LNC, Heritage Christian Services
  • Anne Francis M.D., Mary Cariola Children’s Center
  • Family Navigator program, AutismUp


  • Sue Adams-Price, Jewish Senior Life
  • Glen Harris, UR Medicine, Highland Hospital
  • James Sutton, Rochester Regional Health


  • Scott Collins, Rochester Regional Health
  • Richard Perez, UR Medicine, Strong Memorial Hospital

To purchase tickets to the luncheon, go to For ticket questions, please contact Stephanie Sulfaro at [email protected]. To purchase a table sponsorship or to learn about various sponsorship opportunities, please contact Robert Teitgen at [email protected].