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PHYSICIAN HONOREE: James Wood M.D.

James Mossgraber, vice president and general manager for T&T Materials Inc., will never forget his interactions with James Wood M.D., medical director for Lifetime Care Hospice in Monroe, Wayne and Seneca counties.   Mossgraber’s 92-year-old mother was terminally ill, and ...

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MANAGEMENT HONOREE: Richard Gangemi M.D.

In almost every way that Rochester General Health System has grown beyond its walls in the last 40 years, Richard Gangemi has been there.   The administrator was called on to lead many of the system’s major initiatives, with a ...

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INNOVATION HONOREE: Tamra West

Tamra West’s design for the AliMed Trendelenburg Stabilizer looks simple enough. Put together a draw sheet, foam padding, some straps and Velcro, and there you have it.   Yet the ease of design does not tell the story of the ...

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SPECIAL NEEDS HONOREE: Daniel Charcholla

Even Daniel Charcholla’s voicemail message is friendly: "Hi, you know the drill. Toodle-oo!"   As recreation director for DePaul Community Services, a position he has held for nearly 33 years, Charcholla is known for his larger-than-life personality. The folks served ...

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SPECIAL NEEDS HONOREE: Richard Speisman DDS

On weekends during the summer, Richard Speisman DDS enjoys boating on Irondequoit Bay and Lake Ontario. But on hot summer days, he also can be found attending local health fairs and providing dental screenings for inner-city children.   Speisman, chief ...

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NURSE HONOREE: Mel Callan

Mel Callan’s professional pursuits ultimately come down to helping patients.   "Nursing is patient-centered, influenced by culture, spiritual beliefs, family systems and the environment in which one is raised," says Callan, a nurse practitioner at Highland Family Medicine, a department ...

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INNOVATION HONOREE: Jude Sauer M.D.

When most people look at medical devices, they see tools that perform a function intended to heal people.   Jude Sauer M.D. sees the same thing. However, like Michelangelo with art or Spielberg with a film camera, Sauer also looks ...

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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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