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Healthcare Heroes


Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM


The Palace at Somerset Park 333 Davidson Avenue Somerset, NJ 08873 Directions


Online registration is now closed. If you would still like to attend the event please email Melissa at to request a registration form.

The 2014 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards program honors individuals and organizations that are making a significant impact on the quality of healthcare in New Jersey.

An independent panel of judges evaluated the nominations and selected finalists in each of the categories. The winner in each category will be announced during a breakfast awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

Congratulations to the 2014 Healthcare Heroes Finalists!
Listed in alphabetical order by category.

Education Hero – Individual
Thomas Cavalieri, D.O.
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Joseph Feldman
Hackensack University Medical Center
Desiree James-Barber
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Mike Munoz
AmeriHealth New Jersey
Lisa Salberg
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association

Education Hero – Organization
Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention
Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation
Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation/LIFELINE CHALLENGE TO HEALTHY LIVING
Meridian Health's Paint the Town Pink
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Community Health Promotions Program
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway
The American Conference on Diversity

Healthcare Professional of the Year
Esther Deblinger
CARES Institute, Rowan - School of Osteopathic Medicine
Elaine Hewins, CSW, DVS
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Denise Lang-Grant
Morris CARES at Atlantic Health
Barbara Miles
Community Medical Center
Joseph Roth
NJ Sharing Network
David Shulkin, MD
Morristown Medical Center

Hospital of the Year
HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley
Kennedy Health System
Shore Rehabilitation Institute

Innovation Hero
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
BioArray Solutions
NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse at Saint Clare’s Hospital
NPS Pharma
Shafiq Rab – Hackensack University Medical Center
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Heart Transplant and Heart Failure Treatment Program St. Joseph's Children's Hospital at St Joseph's Regional Medical Center

Nurse of the Year
Kimberly Brennan
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick
Laura Cardillo
The Avalon Assisted Living in Hillsborough
Franklin Cresencia
Morristown Medical Center
Catherine Goodheart
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway
Judith Kutzleb
Holy Name Medical Center
Fran Monteleone
Clara Maass Medical Center
Maryellen Wiggins, RN
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Physician of the Year
Peggy Avagliano
Atlantic Medical Imaging
Joseph Barone
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
David V. Condoluci, DO
Kennedy Health System
Martin A. Finkel, DO, FAAP
Institute at Rowan University-SOM
Meg Fisher, MD
The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center
Alison Grann, MD
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
James McKinney
The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Volunteer of the Year
Seth Grumet
Stomp The Monster
Rachel Katz
Daughters of Israel
Steven Kaye
AEPG Wealth Strategies
Joseph McDonough
Elizabeth Police Department
Chris Miller
Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad
Peter Rooney
NJ Sharing Network Foundation

Women’s Health and Wellness Hero
BioReference Laboratories, Inc
Capital Health - Center for Women's Health
Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Dana Holwitt
Saint Clare's Health System
Ami Vaidya, M.D.
Hackensack University Medical Center

Workplace Wellness Hero
Barnabas Health
County of Somerset
Hackensack University Medical Center
Kennedy Health System
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Shionogi Inc.

For more information about the 2014 program, contact Melissa Sullenberger at or (732) 246-5737.

Sponsorship opportunities available! Contact Mark Cialdella at (732) 246-5729.

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Melissa Sullenberger NJBIZ 220 Davidson Avenue Suite 302 Somerset, NJ 08873 Phone: 732-246-5737

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