2019 Healthcare Heroes Awards

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2019 Healthcare Heroes Awards

Date & Time

Tuesday Jun 18, 2019
8:00 AM : 10:30 AM UTC-5

Event Location

The Palace at Somerset Park
Somerset, NJ
United States

The 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 select a winner in each of the categories. Join NJBIZ for the breakfast ceremony as we recognize each of these distinguished finalist in the 2019 Healthcare Heroes Awards. The winner from each category will be announced live during the ceremony on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019.


Education Hero- Individual

Tara Augustine
Paradigm Therapeutic Day School

Amita Avadhani
Saint Peters University Hospital

Craig French
Cooper Health

Elaine Hewins
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, INC

Meena Murthy, MD
Saint Peter’s University Hospital

Donna Nickitas
Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden

Bonita Stanton
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University


Healthcare Professional

Sarah Balzano
New Jersey Innovation Institute

Robert Garrett
Hackensack Meridian Health

Samantha S Hernandez
Northeastern Simulation Center

Kevin Joyce
Atlantic Health System

Donna Provenzano
Children’s Specialized Hospital

John Rimmer
Hoboken University Medical Center, Carepoint Health

Elizabeth Straus

Douglas Struyk
Christian Health Care Center


Innovation Hero

William Bruck, APN, FNP-BC, CARN-AP
Seabrook-The Heart of Recovery

Attila Kett, MD
Saint Peter’s University Hospital

Francine Lane

Amy Perry
Atlantic Health System

Emma Yamada
Holy Name Medical Center


Nurse of the Year

Laura Amdur
Hackensack Meridian Health

Sean Deiter
Cooper Hospital

Carol Jones
Morristown Medical Center

Linda B. Lohsen, BSN, RN
Holy Name Medical Center

Sofia Magnifico
Christian Health Care Center

Laura Pizzano
Morristown Medical Center

Michelle Wilder
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center


Physician of the Year

Dr. Carolyn Gaukler
Capital Health

Dr. Elsie Koh
Azura Vascular Care

Dr. Leonard Y. Lee
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Dr. Catherine Mazzola
New Jersey Pediatric Neuroscience Institute

Dr. John R. Middleton, MD, MACP
ID Care

Dr. Manisha Parulekar
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center

Dr. Philip Scaduto
Primary Care Partners Atlantic Health

Dr. James Wittig
Atlantic Health System


Public Health Hero

Christopher Amalfitano
Overlook Medical Center

Alicia Cook
The Alicia Cook

Brenda Goins
Salem Health and Wellness Foundation

Alexandra Green
Atlantic Health System-Overlook Medical Center

Jean McKinney
Monmouth Medical Center & Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus

Joe Primo
Good Grief, Inc.

Shavonda Sumter
Hackensack UMC Mountainside

Edward A. Torres, MPA
Holy Name Medical Center

Patrick Young
Hackensack Meridian Health


Volunteer of the Year

Joanne Ehrlich
Englewood Health

Michael Ellis
Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Herand Kafafian
Holy Name Medical Center

Brittany McNaboe
Christian Health Care Center

Mayuri Shah
Indian Health Camp of NJ-IHCNJ

Terry Turko
Overlook Medical Center – Atlantic Health System

Vincent Ursino Sr.
Overlook Medical Center


Education Hero- Organization

Atlantic Health Systems Chilton Medical Center

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Health Monitor Network

Holy Name Medical Center


Innovation Hero- Organization

Hackensack Meridian Health

Morristown Medical Center

New Jersey Innovation Institute @ NJIT

The Manor Health & Rehabilitation

Tourette International Collaborative Genetics (TIC Genetics)

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. of New Jersey


Workplace Wellness Hero

Delta Dental of New Jersey

Deptford Township

Hackensack Meridian Health

St. Joseph’s Health

T&M Associates






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Anna Acquaviva
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