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NJBIZ names the Healthcare Heroes award winners

By , - Last modified: June 21, 2017 at 1:15 PM

NJBIZ named its Healthcare Heroes award winners for 2017 Tuesday at a breakfast event at the Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset.

The awards program honored individuals and organizations that make noticeable impacts on the quality of health care in New Jersey.

The program's major sponsor was Atlantic Health System. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey was the presenting sponsor. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, and the New Jersey Hospital Association were supporting sponsors.

Education Hero: Individual (winner)

Andre Goy, M.D., Chairman and Lymphoma Division Chief, John Theurer Cancer Center; Chief Science Officer, Regional Cancer Care Associates; Chair of Oncology, Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine; Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University

John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack

Education Hero: Individual (finalists)

Olubunmi Afonja, M.D., Director, Medical Affairs, Hematology
Bayer, Whippany

Jody Beach, Clinical Ambulatory Pharmacist
Inspira Health Network, Mullica Hill

Chris Kirk, Director, Population Health
Atlantic Health System, Morristown

Michéle Samarya-Timm, Health Educator
Somerset County Department of Health, Somerville

Samantha Singh-Hernandez, Director
Saint Barnabas Medical Center-RWJ Barnabas Health, West Orange

Education Hero: Organization (winner)

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark

Education Hero: Organization (finalist)

Alzheimer's New Jersey, Denville

Healthier Somerset, Somerville

Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark

The Center for Korean Health and Wellness at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood

Innovation Hero: Individual (winner)

Tom Bartiromo, Chief Innovation Officer
NJ Innovation Institute - Healthcare Delivery Services, Newark

Innovation Hero: Individual (finalists)

Thomas M. Birch, M.D., Medical Founder, Institute for Clinical Research; Chariman, Infection Prevention Comitteee; Infectious Diseases Specialist
Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck

Mary Ann Boccolini, President & CEO
Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, Marlton

John Halperin, Medical Director, Neuroscience
Atlantic Health System, Morristown

Prakash Rao, VP, Diagnostics & Research Operations and Director, Transplant Laboratory
NJ Sharing Network, New Providence

Melissa G. Smith, Clinical Lead - Speech
Children's Specialized Hospital, New Brunswick

Innovation Hero: Organization (winner)

St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, Paterson

Innovation Hero: Organization (finalists)

Bayer, Whippany

Capital Health, Trenton

Inspira Medical Group, Mullica Hill

Labor First LLC, Mount Laurel

Princeton House Behavioral Health, Princeton

Hospital of the Year (winner)

Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston

Hospital of the Year (finalists)

Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin

Morristown Medical Center, Morristown

Nurse of the Year (winner)

Cate Collyer-See, RN
Atlantic Health System, Morristown

Nurse of the Year (finalists)

Ludovina Archeval, Director of Community Based Services
Holy Redeemer Home Care, NJ-North, Elizabeth

Joanne Porter, Telemonitor Coordinator, Atlanticare Home Health
Atlanticare Home Health, Egg Harbor Township

Jennifer Sheets, Chief Clinical Officer
BAYADA Home Health Care, Moorestown

Desiree Sokoli, Director of Ambulatory Services - NJ
Memeorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Suite 1A

Ann Welenofsky RN,OCN, Clinical Coordinator
Summit Medical Group, Berkeley Heights

Physician of the Year (winner)

Christopher Bolich, D.O.
Holy Redeemer Health System, Egg Harbor Township

Physician of the Year (finalists)

John Chovanes, DO, FACS, LTC, USAR MC, Director of Military Affairs, Trauma Surgeon
Cooper University Health Care

Rashmi Kaura, Dr
Palliative Care, Summit

Mario M Leitao, Jr, Member and Attending Surgeon
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Bssking Ridge

Shyan Sun, MD, Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston

Public Health Hero (winner)

Kyung Hee Choi, Vice President, Asian Health Services
Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck

Public Health Hero (finalists)

Alana Cueto, MSN, RN, CNL
NYU Langone-Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York

George Kimmerle, Founder/President
Kimmerle Group, Harding Township and New York

Barbara Mintz, Vice President, Healthy Living and Community Engagment
RWJBarnabasHealth, West Orange

Ashok Patel, MD, FACC
Medicor Cardiology, Bridgewater

Dr. James Proodian, Founder and President
Natural Healthcare Center, Long Branch

Gwendolyn Rippey, PhD, Manager, Community Health
Atlantic Health System/Morristown Medical Center, Morristown

Volunteer of the Year (winner)

Gail Fiske
Inspira Medical Group, Mullica Hill

Volunteer of the Year (finalists)

Beatriz Garcia
Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center, North Bergen

Suraj Kaufman
Jersey City Medical Center Foundation, Jersey City

Robert Orozovich
Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck

Chadwin Sandifer
Fairleigh Dickinson University, School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Florham Park

Roslyn Schwartzberg
Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Elizabeth

Workplace Wellness Hero (winner)

Affinity Federal Credit Union, Basking Ridge

Workplace Wellness Hero (finalists)

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County, Washington

Inserra Supermarkets ShopRite Stores, Mahwah

Onsite Innovations, Mount Laurel

T&M Associates, Middletown

Transwestern, Parsippany

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