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Measuring the effects of combat explosions

David Borkholder has provided a solution to help the 287,861 soldiers affected by traumatic brain injury by creating the blast gauge, a device that logs pressure and acceleration from exposure to explosive blast. To date more than 11,000 U.S. military ...

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Health Care Achievement Awards volunteer honoree Thomas Richards

As a board member, Thomas Richards has seen the University of Rochester Medical Center through the most significant period of expansion and transformation in its 93-year history. Rochester’s former mayor has been on the URMC board since 1999, serving as ...

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After the diagnosis, providing a place to turn

Holly Anderson did not start work at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester during an easy time. Taking over as president of the organization two weeks after 9/11, Anderson entered the position at a time of great economic uncertainty. It ...

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Ensuring independence for disabled people is his goal

Though Marco Altieri’s home health care agency serves four counties, he still approaches his job with a personal touch. “I meet every client,” says the CEO of Angels in Your Home. Altieri began his career of service to others as ...

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Health Care Achievement Awards innovation honoree PharmaSmart International

PharmaSmart International Inc. is changing the way North America tracks hypertension. The company’s health kiosks and software are greatly expanding the ways in which blood pressure is understood and managed. “We consider ourselves experts in blood pressure management, and we ...

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Health Care Achievement Awards nurse honoree Sheila Miller-Serafin R.N.

Sheila Miller-Serafin began her professional career in education, working as a teacher and principal. She would later make a career change to nursing. “I was led to nursing because I found it to be a career where I could use ...

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Health Care Achievement Awards innovation honoree Todd Massey M.D.

Upstate New York’s only heart transplant program has advanced during its 13 years largely because of the work of Todd Massey M.D., surgical director of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s program in heart failure, artificial heart and transplantation. Massey, ...

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Health Care Achievement Awards special needs honoree Sharon Marble

After nearly 30 years, Sharon Marble of CDS Monarch Inc. still enjoys working with developmentally disabled people. “They’re so thankful, really, for all of the efforts that you put into your job,” says Marble, who is the agency’s executive vice ...

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Health Care Achievement Awards senior care honoree Daniel Katz

Daniel Katz believes in community-based programs for people with dementia. He has advocated for the model during the decade he has been president and CEO at Jewish Senior Life and during 15 years as a vice president at Stamford Hospital ...

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Health Care Achievement Awards nurse honoree Ann Harrington R.N.

Nursing was not Ann Harrington’s intended career. After college, she took a clerical job in a health care setting, where she interacted with several nurses. They made an impact. “They taught me, by mentoring and example, that the profession of ...

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Health Care Achievement Awards management honoree Cynthia Gordon R.N.

Eight years ago, Cynthia Gordon helped take Rochester General Health System into a field that Canada and developing countries were already pioneering. As the director of telehealth, Gordon has built from the ground up a system that allows patients to ...

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Easing the worry of a trip to the dentist

After years of searching for a dentist for Ty, her teenage son, Cheryl Coppola was at her wit’s end. “We’ve been through many specialists,” she says. “Nobody would touch him.” Born four weeks premature, Ty has Down syndrome and an ...

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Health Care Achievement Awards medical professional honoree Elaine Duckey

Elaine Duckey draws kudos for hard work, a heartfelt smile By MIKE COSTANZA For Elaine Duckey of the Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County, caring for patients is a bit like visiting relatives. “They’re the family that you ...

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