Health Care Heroes on front lines of serving the community

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HBJ reveals its 2017 Health Care Heroes award winners.

It's been another year where health care has dominated the headlines.

Whether it's the debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act or statewide public policy discussions over hospital taxes and insurance contracts, the healthcare industry has remained a constant source of intrigue on the national and state levels.

What often gets overlooked in all the coverage is the individuals and organizations that work hard every day to care for the community.

This week, Hartford Business Journal is honoring them as part of our annual Greater Hartford Health Care Heroes awards.

Our winners run the gamut from a researcher who is studying treatments for various diseases caused by skin bacteria and viruses, to a doctor who has helped improve the quality of care at a local hospital.

We also spotlight two nurses part of a critical care transport team at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, who also voluntarily travel around the country to provide aid to areas hit hard by natural disasters, including Puerto Rico, which was recently devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Another winner leads the dedicated volunteer staff at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Our judges — Angela Mattie (Quinnpiac University), John O'Connell Jr. (C.M. Smith Agency Inc.) and Patricia Baker (Community Health Foundation) — played a key role identifying our Health Care Heroes. Using standard criteria they voted on nominees in seven different categories ranging from nurses, physicians, and volunteers to industry leaders and organizations that made advancements in healthcare prevention and innovation.

The judges were particularly adept at finding innovative organizations like the Community Health Center Inc., which provides medical as well as dental services to 100,000 people a year at 14 primary and 200 secondary locations scattered throughout the state.

Collectively, they are an impressive class of Health Care Heroes. We recently honored them during a Dec. 7 luncheon at the Hartford Marriott.

Our heroes were nominated by those who know their work the best — co-workers, clients, etc. They share a common passion for the services they provide and for the life-changing impacts they have on the lives of others.

We hope you join us in congratulating them. And remember, it's not too early to start thinking about who you'd like to nominate for next year's class of Health Care Heroes.

— Greg Bordonaro, Editor


• Corporate Achievement — Innovation

Community Health Center Inc.

• Physician

Dr. Stephen Holland

• Advancement in Healthcare — Prevention

Integrated Health Services

• Healthcare Staff

Tobye Karl

• Volunteer

Mott Corporation

• Advancements in Healthcare — Innovation

Julia Oh


Lynn Piacentini-Hayes and Wendy Wheeler


Patricia Baker, President and CEO of the Connecticut Health Foundation.

Angela Mattie, Chair and professor at Quinnipiac University's School of Business, department of healthcare management and organizational leadership and a professor of medical sciences at Quinnipiac's medical school.

John O'Connell, President and Senior Managing partner of C. M. Smith Agency LLC, an Alera Group Company.