eHealth Technologies earns accolades in national health care advertising program

Rochester’s eHealth Technologies, a provider of medical record and image retrieval, has received several awards from the 38th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards program.

The firm earned the following awards:
• Gold – Employee Communications Program category – in partnership with Red Purse Marketing
• Bronze – Web Site Refresh category – in partnership with Accountable Digital
• Bronze – COVID Marketing category – in partnership with Accountable Digital
• Merit – Digital Video (2 minutes or less) category – in partnership with Captivate Media
• Merit – Online Display Ads category – in partnership with Accountable Digital

“We are honored to be once again recognized by the Healthcare Marketing Report’s Healthcare Advertising Awards,” said eHealth President and CEO Jeff Markin in a statement. “Communicating internally with our staff and externally with our customers and prospects was a high priority for our growing company over the past year. The pandemic pushed us to be innovative and find new ways to engage and connect with different constituents.”

During the last year, eHealth Technologies adapted its employee communications program from a predominantly in-person model with a majority of staff working onsite in Rochester, to a fully remote model, while also expanding to a new office location in Duffield, Va., officials said.

At the same time, eHealth provided continuity of its medical record retrieval, organization and image exchange services to support hospitals, specialty centers and Health Information Exchanges during the time period when the healthcare industry was particularly stressed across the U.S.

“Our purpose is always to provide seamless access to medical records so that providers can focus on providing lifesaving care to their patients. To be recognized for communicating in ways that support our mission is very meaningful to us,” Markin said.

The Healthcare Advertising Awards, sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report, is the oldest and largest healthcare advertising awards competition. The national awards competition is judged by a panel that reviews all entries based on creativity, quality, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design and overall impact.

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Manning & Napier wins multiple national awards

Manning & Napier Inc. has been recognized as the Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards Winner U.S. 2021, Best Mixed-Assets Small Fund Family Group Over Three Years.

“It’s a pleasure to receive this award on behalf of our team for all we accomplished for our clients,” said Ebrahim Busheri, director of investments. “In a period with significant uncertainty and volatility, our investment team moved quickly and decisively. For multi-asset class investors, the breadth of our capabilities and quality of research helped us make excellent decisions in both asset allocation and security selection.”

For more than three decades and in more than 17 countries, the Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards have honored funds and fund management firms that have excelled in providing consistently strong risk-adjusted performance relative to their peers.

“This year’s Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards recognized the steadfast resolve of award-winning managers and firms who successfully navigated one of the sharpest market downturns and recoveries on record enabling investors to maintain a level of economic confidence amidst a backdrop of uncertainty,” Lipper, Refinitiv Head of Research Robert Jenkins. “In a year that endured the impacts of an unprecedented global humanitarian crisis, in which markets reflected investors’ emotions of shock and optimism, there was a degree of solace in having one’s financial fortunes overseen by the stewardship of professional money managers. We congratulate the 2021 Refinitiv Lipper Fund Award winners and wish Manning & Napier continued success.”

Granted annually, the Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards highlight funds and fund companies that have excelled in delivering consistently strong risk-adjusted performance relative to their peers, officials said.

Separately, Barron’s has recognized Manning & Napier as the best actively managed fund family in its Fund Families of 2020 ranking. The ranking evaluates the one-year relative performance of fund firms that offer a diversified lineup of actively managed mutual funds and ETFs. The results are based on the firms’ skills in active management.

“We are gratified to deliver excellent investment results for our clients during 2020, a most challenging year. For over 50 years, we have invested with a rigorous, consistent philosophy and disciplined well-honed research processes,” said Manning & Napier Chairman and CEO Marc Mayer. “Our goal is to provide the outcomes clients need over time, even though market environments vary greatly. The recognition from Barron’s is a testament to our people, values, culture, and the strength of our time-tested research disciplines.”

To be included in the ranking, firms must offer at least three active mutual funds or actively managed ETFs in the U.S. stock category; one in world equity; and one mixed-asset, such as a balanced or allocation fund. Firms also need to offer at least two taxable bond funds and one national tax-exempt bond fund. All funds must have a track record of at least one year. Passive index funds were excluded.

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ACS selects Berl Stein as entrepreneur of the year

The Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society has selected NiCoForm Founder and President Berl Stein as its 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year.

The award is in recognition of Stein’s development of innovative new chemistry for the highly precise fabrication of metal parts with superior mechanical and chemical properties using electroforming. Stein founded NiCoForm in 1999 to commercialize his breakthrough additive manufacturing technology.

Berl Stein
Berl Stein

Stein will be recognized at the chemical society’s annual awards dinner in 2021. Officials said the award, and Stein’s technical and business accomplishments, highlight the continuing central role of chemistry in the economic development of the Rochester area.

NiCoForm’s core technology, electroforming, is an electroplating-based process used to produce exact metal replicas of various shapes and textures by depositing a thick metal layer onto a mandrel, or original to be replicated. This allows the fabrication of high-quality precision metal parts, such as bellows and catheter tip-forming dies, that would be difficult to manufacture by conventional metal fabrication processes.

Stein, who hails from Chernivtsi, Ukraine, moved to the U.S. in 1988 and joined a Rochester manufacturer in 1995. He founded NiCoForm with a single hand-me-down tank on the fifth floor of a building overlooking Eastman Kodak Co. downtown.

The company has grown to 22 employees and occupies a much larger space, yet still in the same Cascade Drive building it was founded in. Stein attributes the company’s success to the continual improvement of its chemical and processing technologies to meet the ever-evolving needs of his diverse customers, particularly in the critical medical device, aerospace, optical and other high-tech applications.

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Highland Hospital recognizes physician, advanced practice provider of the year

Highland Hospital is recognizing Sunil Bansal M.D. as Physician of the Year, and Andrea Avidano as Advanced Practice Provider of the Year.

Sunil Bansal M.D.
Sunil Bansal M.D.

Bansal serves as assistant medical director and ultrasound director in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Highland. He also is an assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Bansal was nominated for the prestigious award, also called Distinguished Physician Award, by administrators, colleagues and other co-workers for healthcare excellence.

“I’m truly honored to be selected for this award,” Bansal said. “Highland Hospital has been my sole place of practice for nearly 10 years. It is the collegial and patient-centered environment that allows medical professionals to thrive. I’m proud to practice at Highland Hospital Emergency Department, and look forward to many more years to come.”

Nominator Timothy Lum M.D. said he regards Bansal as one of the “finest, most skilled physicians with whom I have ever worked.”

“He embodies the highest virtues of our profession and I am proud to be his colleague,” Lum said.

Andrea Avidano
Andrea Avidano

Advanced Practice Provider Avidano has served as an adult nurse practitioner at Highland since 2009.

“Highland equals family,” Avidano said. “I love that everyone knows each other. We’re able to share information and show the ICARE values with each other and our patients.”

Avidano also was nominated by several colleagues for the award.

“Andrea Avidano is the epitome of professional excellence and behavior,” said Youngrin Kim M.D., chief hospitalist. “She is always very happy and eager to help in her role as an Endocrinology consultant. Her clinical judgment is spot on. As a result of her excellent knowledge base, judgment and compassion, our patients and providers at Highland benefit immensely.”

Bansal and Avidano will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the hospital and at a Highland board of directors meeting.

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Causewave to honor coalition behind ‘Six Feet Saves’ campaign

Causewave Community Partners will honor the coalition responsible for the local “Six Feet Saves” campaign, comprising dozens of local community organizations and media partners, for its outstanding public service campaign that was launched in rapid response to COVID-19.

Representatives of the coalition, including Sharon Napier and Rob Kottkamp of Partners + Napier,  County Executive Adam Bello, on behalf of the Monroe County Department of Public Health, and Entercom Vice President and General Manager Susan Munn, will accept the W.B. Potter Award virtually at Causewave Community Partner’s Annual Wavemaker Celebration on Sept. 11.

The W. B. Potter Founder’s Award, being presented for the 20th year, recognizes a results-oriented collaborative initiative that fills a community need and serves as a role model for other partnerships. “Six Feet Saves” was created in response to the urgent need for action to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and was the result of a number of partners, including:
• More than 30 local media partners
• Causewave Community Partners
• City of Rochester Department of Communications
• FUA Krew
• Ibero American Action League
• Mercury Print
• Monroe County Department of Communications
• Monroe County Department of Human Services
• Monroe County Department of Public Health
• Paragon Steel Rule Die, Inc.
• Partners + Napier
• Rochester Regional Health
• University of Rochester Center for Community Health
• University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute

The campaign was implemented across a number of marketing and media channels from television ads to murals to lawn signs and sidewalk paint. The campaign was created in a matter of weeks and reached hundreds of thousands of local residents with messages underscoring the importance of staying home and social distancing.

“When our community faced its biggest health challenge in 100 years, it was clear we needed something to rally around. So many people and organizations answered the call,” said Causewave President and CEO Todd Butler in a statement. “From the public servants in the health department to the communications professionals at Partners + Napier to our local media community to businesses and nonprofits, this was a joint effort like I’ve never seen. Everyone was hungry to do their part in saving lives.”

Causewave Community Partners was founded in 1950 as the Advertising Council of Rochester. Today, Causewave collaborates with more than 200 nonprofits each year through programs focused on building individual nonprofit capacity and community-level response to a wide range of community issues from traffic safety to child sexual abuse prevention.

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GRAWA selects nonprofit for Directors’ Award

RESOLVE of Greater Rochester Inc. has been named the recipient of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys Directors’ Award.

The GRAWA Directors’ Award originated in 1986 and has been awarded to exceptional community leaders including the late Rep. Louise Slaughter, Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, Ibero-American Action League and the National Council of Jewish Women.

“The Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys bestows its Directors’ Award upon a person or organization whose activities enhance the lives of women,” said GRAWA President Carey Ann Denefrio. “This year, GRAWA would like to recognize RESOLVE for the important work it does providing innovative therapeutic services to those affected by intimate partner violence.”

Denefrio said GRAWA was impressed by the success rate of RESOLVE’s Survivor Transition Program and the fact that cost is not a barrier to obtaining therapy.

“GRAWA also appreciates RESOLVE’s role as collaborator and community educator to mental and behavioral health professionals,” Denefrio added.

RESOLVE’s mission is to develop and deliver innovative, community-centered programs and services that empower people and communities to break the cycle of domestic violence. The nonprofit organization is a leader in therapeutic intervention and community education for domestic violence and intimate partner violence. In addition to its Survivor Transition Program, RESOLVE offers the Intimate Partner Violence Workshop for Mental Health Professionals and ACT: A Trauma-Informed Self Protection Course.

“One in three women, one in seven men and nearly half of the LGBTQ+ community will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime. Right now, there is an increase in IPV with the COVID-19 stay home mandates,” said RESOLVE’s Interim CEO Mary Whittier. “According to Gov. Cuomo’s briefing on May 1, domestic violence reports in New York State were up 15 percent in March and 30 percent in April.

“This award couldn’t have come at a better time,” Whittier added. “It highlights the critical work we are doing in our community and the monetary award will help support our innovative programs. During the COVID-19 crisis, RESOLVE is offering teletherapy, phone counseling and virtual group therapy for domestic violence survivors.”

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Geneseo’s Howe wins statewide teaching honor from SUNY

Geneseo Professor Harry Howe has been named a distinguished teaching professor by the State University of New York.

Harry Howe
Harry Howe

Howe, professor of accounting at SUNY Geneseo’s School of Business, is one of 13 SUNY faculty members receiving distinguished honors this year. The designation recognizes masters of teaching who also demonstrate “outstanding service to students, and commitment to their ongoing intellectual growth; scholarship and professional development; and adherence to rigorous academic standards and requirements.”

The SUNY board of trustees noted that Howe “creates a highly interactive classroom setting where students develop essential proficiencies for their future profession” and also lauded his support and mentorship for students, along with continuing relationships with alumni that benefit current students.

Howe has taught at Geneseo since 1995, and directs Geneseo’s master’s level accounting program. He advises several accounting student organizations.

“Professor Howe is a deeply engaged educator whose passion for teaching and learning is legendary,” said SUNY Geneseo Provost Stacey Robertson. “His commitment to mentorship of students extends well beyond their undergraduate years at Geneseo and has resulted in a devoted alumni network that eagerly supports current students. We are proud and delighted to have another exceptional faculty member named to the highest teaching rank in SUNY.”

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Rochester’s Access 390 Project named 2017 Project of the Year

Kevin Bush (left/center) and Howard Ressel (right/center) of NYSDOT Finger Lakes Region accepting the award on behalf of the department. (Photo provided)
Kevin Bush (left/center) and Howard Ressel (right/center) of NYSDOT Finger Lakes Region accepting the award on behalf of the department. (Photo provided)

Rochester’s Access 390 Project in Brighton has earned statewide accolades. The $70 million state Department of Transportation project was honored this week as 2017 Project of the Year from the American Public Works Association New York State Chapter.

The project—which was identified in 2011 as a priority by the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council—was comprised of a series of five projects that helped modernize the Interstate 390 and Routes 15 and 15A interchanges in the town of Brighton. The project also included improvements on adjacent roadways, including Kendrick, East River, West Henrietta and East Henrietta Roads.

“Thanks to the investments made and the support of Gov. Cuomo, Access 390 has helped connect more people to essential businesses and universities in Rochester,” Acting DOT Commissioner Paul Karas said. “Being named Project of the Year is a testament to the hard work of our staff in the Finger Lakes Region and the people who came together to make the project work. NYSDOT will continue to build on this success in an effort to improve safety and access for everyone who depends on us every day.”

Nearly 30,000 motorists travel the Access 390 roadways daily, officials noted, and the project has helped improve access for local destinations such as Monroe Community College, CityGate, the University of Rochester and Monroe Community Hospital. The project was started in 2012 and was completed last November.

“I-390 is an important commuter route for so many Monroe County residents, providing access to many of our area’s largest employers, universities and colleges, health care facilities and retail corridors,” state Sen. Joseph Robach, R-Greece, said in a statement. “In receiving the American Public Works Association New York State Chapter’s 2017 Project of the Year Award, it shows the importance of this investment that improved driving safety for residents and visitors of Monroe County, while upgrading our region’s transportation infrastructure.”

Work on the project also included the addition of a modern roundabout at East River and Kendrick roads, along with paving improvements and upgraded markings, signs and guide rail. More than a dozen new LED high mast lights were installed along the highway system.

“The City of Rochester is honored, but not surprised, that Access 390 has been recognized. This multifaceted project is a perfect example of how infrastructure investments can improve daily life and stimulate jobs and economic growth,” Mayor Lovely Warren said. “This project has improved safety, aesthetics and access to a vital corridor of our city, making it easier for residents and visitors alike to get to jobs and shops at College Town and CityGate, as well as to important employers like the University of Rochester and Monroe Community College.”

Warren added that Access 390 was a “welcome boost” to the region’s efforts to create more jobs, safe neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for residents.

The APWA award was presented at the New York Chapter Conference and Awards Banquet in Buffalo April 12. DOT Regional Director Kevin Bush accepted the award on the DOT’s behalf.

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