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SENIOR CARE HONOREE: Patricia Bomba M.D.

It is a weekday morning in mid-February, and Patricia Bomba M.D. is about to board a plane.   The vice president and medical director of geriatrics for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has spent a few days in California, representing New York ...

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VOLUNTEER HONOREE: Stacey Ruisi

Stacey Ruisi, a cancer survivor, is a versatile volunteer for Camp Good Days and Special Times Inc.   Ruisi was introduced to the non-profit in 2002 as a camper at its recreation facility on Keuka Lake in Branchport. While participating ...

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VOLUNTEER HONOREE: Jo Ann Armstrong

Jo Ann Armstrong knows the challenges that come with disabilities.   She has spina bifida, a condition that affects the spine before birth.   Armstrong began volunteering at the University of Rochester Medical Center 18 years ago, after 22 years ...

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PHYSICIAN HONOREE: Roger Oskvig M.D.

It all started many years ago on a farm in Williams, Iowa. Young Roger Oskvig and his girlfriend, Melissa, would return from their dates to her family’s kitchen. There, Oskvig and Melissa’s mother-a nurse-would spend hours talking about medicine.   ...

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INNOVATION Honorees: Nancy Adams, Richard Yarmel, Amy Warner

Many determined individuals have thrown in the towel on things far less complex than what Nancy Adams, Amy Warner and Richard Yarmel undertook.   The goal was to make the health care records of minors, ages 12 to 18, accessible ...

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SENIOR CARE HONOREE: Supriya Mohile M.D.

Statistics on cancer in older adults in the United States are alarming: 77 percent of all cancers are diagnosed in individuals over the age of 50, according to the American Cancer Society.   In addition, 70 percent of all cancer-related ...

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MANAGEMENT HONOREE: Raymond Mayewski M.D.

Much has changed at the University of Rochester Medical Center in the last 20 years. The institution has seen seven different deans, four vice presidents and three hospital CEOs.   One constant has been Raymond Mayewski M.D. Joining URMC in ...

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NURSE HONOREE: Mary Mahler

Serving others on the job is crucial for Mary Mahler, administrative clinical leader of emergency services at Rochester General Health System.   "Patients are my primary focus, and as nurses we have the greatest gift of being able to help ...

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SPECIAL NEEDS HONOREE: Stuart Loeb M.D.

Stuart Loeb M.D. has always loved working with children.   Straight out of college, after earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Reed College, he headed to a rural village in Tunisia. There, as a volunteer with the Peace Corps, ...

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NURSE HONOREE: Colleen Klix

Colleen Klix believes there is a misconception about geriatric nursing.   "The biggest misconception of working in geriatrics is thinking that it is always depressing, sad and uninteresting work," Klix says. "I have learned from my elders that heartiness, hope ...

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PHYSICIAN HONOREE: Ronald Kirshner M.D.

During his off hours, Ronald Kirshner M.D. likes to drive fast-really fast. He can get up to 140 mph in his Porsche.   This is on a racetrack, of course, such as Watkins Glen International.   Kirshner is not interested ...

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SENIOR CARE HONOREE: Robert W. Hurlbut

At age 13, Robert Hurlbut operated an electric-powered floor buffer for the first time.   Unfortunately, things did not go smoothly.   Hurlbut turned on the machine and it hurled into a wall, causing some serious damage. Within a month ...

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VOLUNTEER HONOREE: Gail Hubbard

Gail Hubbard walked into a patient’s room at Monroe Community Hospital.   How are you? Are you OK? Those first conversations were initiated not by Hubbard but by a terminally ill woman Hubbard was seeing as a volunteer for the ...

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MANAGEMENT HONOREE: Travis Heider

Diabetes is about to become the nation’s next great health epidemic, and Travis Heider will not let that happen without a fight.   As executive director of the American Diabetes Association of Upstate New York, Heider has spearheaded a number ...

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2013 Best of the Web Awards

Much has changed in the online world since the Rochester Business Journal launched its annual Best of the Web competition in 1996 to spotlight the top online efforts among area businesses.   Yet the original idea of the competition remains ...

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