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Honorees chosen for achievement in health care

Thirty-two honorees—29 individuals and three organizations—have been selected as recipients of the Rochester Business Journal’s 2019 Health Care Achievement Awards. This year’s group is the 17th to receive the awards.

hcaa-logoThe Health Care Achievement Award recipients will be honored during a luncheon March 22 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 Rochester community is fortunate to have such a strong health care industry with organizations and professionals who do amazing work every day,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of the Rochester Business Journal. “We are happy to honor the accomplishments of these people and organizations who go to great lengths to make Rochester a healthier community.”

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 10 categories:

Health Care Innovation

  • Cognivue, Cognivue
  • LVAD Implantation Technique, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • PILL – Smart Opioid Dispenser, Rochester Regional Health


  • Mark Cronin, Accountable Health Partners
  • Mark Klyczek, Rochester Regional Health
  • Maureen Loyal, Finger Lakes Health

Medical Professional

  • Tonya Brooks, Rochester Regional Health
  • Yvette Conyers, University of Rochester
  • Alexis Johnson, Nurse Connection Staffing

Mental Health

  • Joseph Majauskas, Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic, Rochester Regional Health Eastern Division
  • Michael Scharf, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Peter Ziarnowski, Rochester Vet Center


  • Erin Collier, Trillium Health
  • Cristine Crawford, UR Medicine Thompson Health
  • Mary Frances Venturelli-Kolbuc, Rochester Regional Health


  • Thomas Campbell, UR Medicine/Highland Hospital
  • Scott Feitell, Rochester Regional Health
  • Michael Mendoza, Monroe County Department of Public Health

Senior Care

  • Gail Brocious, Hurlbut Care Communities
  • Patricia Hoke, Rochester Regional Health
  • Timothy Lum, Highland Hospital

Special Needs

  • Sue Chlebowski, The Arc of Monroe
  • Tiffany Pulcino, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Suzanne Rosso, Holy Childhood


  • Nicole Acquisto and Rachel Schult, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Christopher Dool, EZaccessMD
  • Kim Sadwick, Villa of Hope


  • David Beck, Cancer Wellness Connections
  • George and Thelma Haizlip, Rochester Regional Health
  • Bud Wesley, Friends of Strong Memorial Hospital – University of Rochester Medical Center

To purchase tickets to the luncheon, go to rbj.net/events/health-care-achievement. For ticket questions, please contact Jessica Sims at jsims@bridgetowermedia.com. To learn about various sponsorship opportunities, please contact Suzanne Fischer-Huettner at shuettner@bridgetowermedia.com.

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