The 2015 Healthcare Heroes awards program honors the best individuals and organizations that are making a significant impact on the quality of health care in New Jersey.
On Tuesday, the winners were named during a breakfast ceremony held at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset.
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the presenting sponsors of the program.
The major sponsors are CareOne Management LLC, Comcast Business, Hackensack University Medical Center and Brach Eichler LLC.
The supporting sponsors are the New Jersey Hospital Association and the New Jersey Innovation Institute, an NJIT Corporation.
The centerpiece sponsor is CareOne Management LLC.
Education Hero (Individual) — WINNER
Aly Cohen, Integrative Rheumatology Associates PC/The Smart Human LLC
Education Hero (Individual) — FINALISTS
Sidney Blanchard, Community Access Unlimited
Jeffrey Boscamp, Hackensack University Medical Center
Ruth Funderburk-Stanley, Francis E. Parker Memorial Home
Donna Mancuso, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway
Education Hero (Organization) — WINNER
Organization: Liberty Science Center
Top executive: Paul Hoffman
Education Hero (Organization) — FINALISTS
Top executive: David Tilton
Organization: CentraState Healthcare System
Top executive: John Gribbin
Organization: Fairleigh Dickinson University | School of Pharmacy
Top executive: Michael Avaltroni
Organization: Meridian Health
Top executive: John K. Lloyd
Company: New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders Inc.
Top executive: Faith Rice
Healthcare Professional of the Year — WINNER
Jeffrey D. LeBenger, MD, FACS Summit Medical Group, Summit Health Management, Summit Medical Group Foundation
Healthcare Professional of the Year — FINALISTS
Robert C. Garrett, Hackensack University Health Network
Jessica Howard, Shore Medical Center
Michael Maron, Holy Name Medical Center
Louis Sasso, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Darrell K. Terry, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Innovation Hero (Individual) — WINNER
Donald Sebastian, New Jersey Innovation Institute
Innovation Hero (Individual) — FINALISTS
Dennis Boos, University Hospital — Newark
Stuart Peltz, PTC Therapeutics
Shafiq Rab, Hackensack University Medical Center
Michael Renzi, Continuum Health Alliance
Lizzy Straus. CareOne Management LLC
Innovation Hero (Organization) — WINNER
Organization: Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
Top executive: Peter Wilderotter