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Rochester Business Journal
February 7, 2014

Twenty-two individuals and two organizations have been selected as recipients of the Rochester Business Journal’s 2014 Health Care Achievement Awards. This year’s honorees are the 12th group to receive the awards.

The Health Care Achievement Awards are to be presented March 25 during a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The event will recognize individuals and groups whose contributions to health care have been deemed outstanding by their colleagues, patients and supervisors.

Award nominations were made by community members, who supplied biographies, testimonials and other supporting information to the Health Care Achievement Awards committee.

Individuals and groups were eligible for consideration in eight categories: innovation, management, medical professional, nurse, physician, senior care, special needs and volunteer.

The honorees for 2014 are:

David Borkholder, Bausch & Lomb associate professor, microsystems engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology.

Todd Massey, associate professor of surgery and surgical director, program in heart failure, artificial heart and transplantation, University of Rochester Medical Center.
PharmaSmart International Inc.

Holly Anderson, executive director, Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.
Cynthia Gordon R.N., director of telehealth, Rochester General Health System.
Sankar Sewnauth, president and CEO, CDS Monarch.

Medical professional
Karin Caracci, phlebotomist, Rochester General Hospital, Clinton Family Health Center.
Elaine Duckey, senior home health aide, Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County.
Kelly Luther, director of social work and patient and family services, University of Rochester Medical Center.

Kathleen Doerner R.N., senior nurse manager, Lipson Cancer Center, Rochester General Health System.
Ann Harrington, director of nursing practice, Highland Hospital.
Sheila Miller-Serafin, nurse specialist-medication/medical systems manager, Hillside Family of Agencies.

Babak Jahromi M.D., surgical director, URMC Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center, departments of neurosurgery, neurology and imaging sciences, University of Rochester.
Krishnakumar Rajamani M.D., chief of Unity Health System’s division of endocrine-diabetes-metabolism.
Jane Salamone, M.D., medical director, Monroe County adult medicine, Rochester General Medical Group, Rochester General Health System.

Senior care
Daniel Katz, CEO, Jewish Senior Life.
Scott Schabel M.D., senior medical director for facility-based long-term care, Rochester General Health System.
Chantel Truax, elder advocate, St. John’s Meadows and Brickstone.

Special needs
Marco Altieri, CEO, Angels in Your Home.
Sharon Marble, executive vice president for program operations and organizational development, CDS Monarch.
Family Dental Center, CP Rochester.

Lorraine Clarke, volunteer, Rochester General Health System.
Thomas Richards, board member, University of Rochester Medical Center.
Paul Speranza Jr., chairman, health care planning team, Rochester Business Alliance, and chairman, High Blood Pressure Collaborative, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.

Tickets for the luncheon are $55 a person, $550 per table of 10. To reserve a seat, visit

Advantage Federal Credit Union and MVP Health Care are gold sponsors for the event. The Simon School of Business master’s program in medical management is silver sponsor. Bulb Direct and Time Warner Business Class are bronze sponsors.

2/7/14 (c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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