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Thoughts on Fagan, his company

On perfection “I always thought that it was easy to work with Garth once you understood that there was only one standard, and that was perfection.” – Deborah Ronnen, former GFD board chair “I’ve been able to work with him ...

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Lalit Mestha: 2014 Engineer of the Year

The mysteries of electrons drew Lalit Mestha to electrical engineering. As a teenager living with his family in India, Mestha became curious about the workings of radios—broadcast television had not yet come to his country. “I used to think, ‘How ...

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Businesses tap in-house WiFi to engage customers

As consumers’ patience for traditional sales pitches wears thin, more retailers are interacting with customers through in-store WiFi. Businesses entice shoppers to use their in-house networks in various ways, including sending check-in messages to their smartphones and offering discounts only ...

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Matthew Sidley: 2014 Finalist Young Engineer of the Year

Matthew Sidley traces his interest in electronic communications to his days as a high school student in Portland, Ore. “Personal cell phones were becoming ubiquitous,” said Sidley, who is a senior electrical engineer for Harris Corp. RF Communications Division. “I ...

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John Papponetti: 2014 Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year

You might say John Papponetti first worked on a bridge in the seventh grade, when he entered a balsa wood bridge construction competition. “I just basically built the strongest balsa wood truss bridge in the class,” he said. “I won ...

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Growing and improving elder care services

Jill Graziano has made it easier for patients and their families to voice their opinions—and to feel comfortable doing it. As executive director of ElderONE, an affiliate of Rochester Regional Health System, Graziano set up a patient advisory council, in ...

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Out of the shadows of institutional life

Breanna Benz Sy Zielinski has been a leader in the developmental disability field for 40 years. Zielinski knew early in his career that he wanted to make major changes in Rochester and surrounding areas as he began to recognize the ...

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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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