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RBJ honors COVID-19 Heroes

The Rochester Business Journal announces 10 winners in the COVID-19 Heroes category for the Health Care Heroes awards.

healthheroeslogoThe RBJ announced Health Care Heroes award winners in 11 categories in late January. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the RBJ accepted nominations for health care professionals who were making exceptional efforts to help our region fight this health crisis.

Dozens of nominations were made by community members who supplied testimonials on what these professionals were doing to address coronavirus-related health needs.

These winners will be honored along with the previously announced winners during a virtual awards ceremony at noon on Aug. 24. For more information, go to

The COVID-19 Heroes are:

  • Marco Altieri, All-American Home Care
  • William (Bill) Belecz, Trillium Health
  • Christopher Bell, Monroe County Medical Society
  • Ruth Benjamin, Heritage Christian Services
  • Dr. Caroline Easton, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Angela Harbin, Volunteers of America of Upstate NY
  • Dr. Timothy Holahan, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Myron Kowal, RCare, Inc.
  • Dr. Michael Mendoza, Monroe County
  • Tina Tubiolo, Lifetime Care


  1. That’s nice. It would have been better if you’d honored some of the many “maker heroes” in Rochester. Makers may not be buying sponsorships or paying advertising dollars, but they contributed hugely to the cause and there are many here in Rochester worth mentioning. Joe Marino 3d printed thousands of masks for medical professionals and refined a 3d print model based on input from those same professionals and medical choices. Kelly Cheatle (Airigami) designed a see through mask to aid health care officials who interact with deaf patients and released the design to the COVID open source community. These are individuals or small businesses – many of whom ended up suffering massively due to their entire business being subverted by lockdown – who pivoted to help people when people needed helping. It’s all very nice to run a large corporation and dedicate some resources to the effort. But in terms of individual contributions both of the above deserve a mention somewhere.

  2. Lee, we would have been happy to honor some of the “maker heroes” you mention if any of them had been nominated.


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