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An ally inspired by folks on the tough road to recovery

To hear Dorota Gardy M.D. tell it, she is fortunate to be able to work with her patients. “I get to see people really engage in this road of recovery and wellness, and then I see them succeed,” she said. ...

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Her goal is a well-educated staff at the Arc

When Shelley VanLare R.N. speaks of the need to care for developmentally disabled people—and to properly train their caregivers—her passion for her work comes through. “If we don’t have validated and well-educated staff, our individuals aren’t going to benefit from ...

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Leader takes a local laboratory to the global level

John D’Souza M.D. took over as leader of ACM Medical Laboratories when the organization needed a strong hand. In the nearly 15 years since, he has stood at the helm as its influence has grown from regional to international. For ...

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On the cutting edge of genetic testing for cancer risk

The fate of future generations of families often rests on the shoulders of Jessica Salamone. As the genetic counselor for Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, Salamone is tasked with testing genes for hereditary cancer risk for the various generations of a ...

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Neurologist’s role close to Sherlock Holmes’

As a kid, Mary Dombovy M.D. sneaked down the darkened stairs as her parents watched “Ben Casey,” a medical drama that aired in the 1960s. She watched from afar, usually wearing green surgical scrubs with “Ben Casey” printed on them. ...

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Home hemodialysis saves patients hours of time

Prior to the fall of 2013, medical transport teams taking frail patients by gurney to off-site dialysis treatment were part of the daily routine at Hill Haven Transitional Care Center in Webster.  The trek would begin in the wee hours, ...

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New ultrasound device is ‘a revolution’

When Carestream Health Inc. was looking to enter the $6 billion global ultrasound market, it went right to the source for ideas: customers. While studying the market, Carestream found unmet customer needs that the company believed it could deliver. The ...

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Making recovery the goal in mental health care

In many industries, end goals are clearly outlined. For the mental health field, the completion of treatment can often be ambiguous. That’s where Sally Rousseau comes in. Rousseau, manager of the Evelyn Brandon Health Care Center at Unity Hospital, has ...

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Known as a champion for geriatric care

The Rochester area is becoming a hub of expertise and education for health care professionals who work geriatrics, and Thomas Caprio M.D. is a pivotal part of that movement. As medical director of Visiting Nurse Service, Caprio is instrumental in ...

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Only the best for residents in her care

For Dona Rickard, the key to success in the senior care field is setting a high standard and never lowering it. “It’s very simple. The expectation is the highest quality of care, the highest quality of life for the residents, ...

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Guarding against superbugs and their ilk

Elizabeth Bouwens chose to pursue nursing as a career largely because she knew she would always be employed. While at nursing school, she decided to become an obstetrical nurse at her hometown community hospital. It would become more than a ...

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Building a community of patient-centered doctors

Betty Rabinowitz M.D. understands that the opportunity to provide primary care to patients over a long period of time is a gift. She has felt driven to focus long term on patients with a whole-person perspective throughout her medical training ...

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Her vision helped transform the patient experience

Every time a Strong Memorial Hospital staff member receives a Strong Star honor, Jacqueline Beckerman has played a hand in it. Beckerman is director of patient- and family-centered care and the Strong Commitment, and for the past eight years has ...

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A reassuring presence at a stressful time

Ruth Machiele wanted to stay active after retiring from her job as a school psychologist, and heard about volunteer opportunities at Rochester General Hospital. “I just thought, ‘I want to do something different,’ so I thought this would be different,” ...

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He keeps looking for ways to serve those in need

For Jim Ahearn, helping others is its own reward. “Whatever I give, I get back tenfold,” he said. Ahearn has a long history of serving those in need. A licensed social worker, he spent 26 years as president of the ...

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