Hospital Heroes

Learn more about the hospital heroes in your community going above and beyond to make our hospitals run, and provide vital care to millions of Americans.

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Melissa Sexton, CCLS, CMT

Kids in the hospital are going through a difficult time, and it’s Melissa’s job to give them memorable experiences.

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Tapan Padhya, MD

Dr. Padhya is motivated by his personal relationships with his patients — he’s not just their doctor, but their partner.

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Gail Brottman, MD

Dr. Brottman works in and out of the hospital to help parents manage their kids’ asthma and keep her community healthy.

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Alice Farrell, MSN, RN, CEN

Whether saving a man with sepsis or focusing on the emotional side of medicine, Chief Nursing Officer Alice Farrell always leads her team to higher levels of excellence.

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Don Klusmann

Don Klusmann, known as the Baby Whisperer, has devoted nearly 20 years of his life to volunteering at hospitals. He comforts the tiny babies in the NICU, providing peace of mind to nurses and patients alike.

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Beth Davenport, RN

“A hero is someone that people want to be like. That’s exactly what Beth is,” her colleagues say. Beth goes beyond the four walls of the hospital to bring free health screenings to medically underserved communities. She is a true leader who is passionate about helping her patients change their lives and get healthier.

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Dr. Jo Hannafin, M.D., Ph.D

Dr. Hannafin is a Hospital Hero, not just for conducting cutting-edge research and being one of the top doctors in the country, but also for being a trailblazer for women in medicine.

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Dr. Vicki Macy, MD

Dr. Vicki Macy is ahead of her time. She’s the first woman to complete the OB-GYN residency at the University of Utah, and one of the first female OB-GYNs in the state of Utah. As a pioneer for women in medicine, she’s delivered more than 9,000 babies, including multiple generations in several families. We spoke with her recently to learn how she got there and what motivated her along the way.

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When Disaster Strikes: Part 1

In 2011, the town of Joplin, Missouri was devastated by an F5 tornado the strongest imaginable. The storm destroyed St. John's/Mercy Hospital, and devastated the community. The need to keep hospitals strong was made abundantly clear as hospital workers from St. John's/Mercy and nearby Freeman Hospital helped their community in the wake of the tornado—on a day they were needed most.

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When Disaster Strikes: Part 2

How does a hospital recover after a direct hit from an F5 tornado? Watch Part 2 of our When Disaster Strikes series, where we travel to Moore, Oklahoma to find out.

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Stories from a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Claire Panke is a neonatal nurse at Lenox Hill Hospital, part of North Shore-LIJ Health System. Watch how Claire and her colleagues care for some of the hospital's most vulnerable patients, from birth to discharge.

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Meet Brenda and Wanda

Hospitals have been hit with $158.1 billion in federal funding cuts since 2010. Every dollar cut has a real impact on real people. Cuts make it harder for hospital heroes like Brenda to care for patients and serve their communities, while patients like Wanda—who so deeply rely on the help of their caregivers—might wait longer for care in their times of need.

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Sarah Crowell

Nurse Sarah Crowell truly means it when she tells cancer patients at the Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center she knows what they are going through. At age 13 she was diagnosed with leukemia, and given a 20% chance to live. Then, just two years ago she was diagnosed with cancer again—breast cancer. For beating cancer once, and fighting it again, she is a hero. For using these battles to fuel her passion for patient care, she is a Hospital Hero.

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Mallory Marconi

Mallory Marconi’s journey to becoming a Hospital Hero started at the exact same place she was born — Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

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Dr. Justin Bright

“Dr. Bright and the ER team are great, and I recommend them to anyone in the neighborhood in medical distress.”

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Roger Sandhorst

Through snowstorms, power outages, broken pipes, and more, Roger lead his team and made it possible for medical staff to provide the highest quality care for patients.

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Dan Paulsen

Colleagues remember Dan for his courage, and for his dedication to the job he loved.

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Nikki Herron

Nikki is a friendly, compassionate, and helpful Hospital Hero for everyone she meets through the Nurse on Call Program.

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Dr. Margaret Vining

While providing end-of-life care for patients, a unique combination of empathy and patient trust sets Dr. Vining apart.

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Maria Batick

As the unit’s Business Associate, Maria makes it her mission to provide comfort and stress relief for patients and their families.

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University of Iowa Lung Transplant Team

John E. submitted Julia Klesney-Tait, Abigail Mack, and Kalpaj Parekh of the University of Iowa as Hospital Heroes because, in his words, “They are a team driven by one singular purpose: the highest quality of patient care.” Watch this video to learn exactly what he means.

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Andrew Schamess

In just two years, the OSU Health at Home program Dr. Schamess helped launch has reduced hospitalizations and ER visits among his patients by nearly 50%.

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Coney Island Wound Care Team

A group of nurses and surgical technicians formed a special team dedicated to preventing pressure ulcers among their patients.

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Andi Kubota

Mahealani R. tells us, “Andi inspires stewardship and service in us all, and is an example for all leadership to follow.” Her commitment to care goes beyond her formal duties of leading staff. From mentoring, to volunteering, to starting overnight camps to help myelodysplasia and arthritis patients better understand their conditions, Andi dedicates herself to patient health and wellbeing with all her heart. Thank you, Andi!

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Joe Currier

When Dr. Currier heard about Rosalia, a young Bolivian girl who’d been savagely attacked by dogs, he sprang to action. A true Hospital Hero, he worked to transport Rosalia and her father to Boston Children’s hospital, and hosted them in his home as she recovered.

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Zenko Hrynkiw

Walking miles in a raging snowstorm, helping motorists along the road, THEN performing life-saving brain surgery—all in a day's work for this Hospital Hero.

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Mary Visceglia

From biopsy, to diagnosis, surgery, remission, and everything in between, Mary — or “our Mary” as her patients call her—is a constant, caring presence.

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Jennifer Archer

Scott M. submitted Jennifer as a Hospital Hero because, in his words, she is a “patient advocate who treats every patient [as] though they are a member of her immediate family.” From the mundane to the memorable, Jennifer’s actions have touched and changed the lives of so many patients for the better.

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Aaron Woodson

Aaron provides impressive professionalism and friendly care to all patients.

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Joann Hain

Joann exemplifies the special impact Hospital Heroes can have on their patients every day.

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Lynn Bell

Lynn works behind the scenes to improve communication with patients and among peers.

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Twinkle Schottke

For a population of women who may often feel forgotten, Twinkle lets each mom know she is important and loved.

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Mary Nash

With more than 40 years in nursing, Mary now dedicates herself to educating the next generation of nurses.

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Bryan Coffey

Bryan is leading his hospital toward a brighter future for staff and patients alike.

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Memorial Hospital Committee and Staff

Hospital staff raised more than $500,000 to help build a new facility for their patients.

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Kenneth Mullen

From working to build relationships, to volunteering, to establishing medical protocols for local homeless shelters, Kenneth is going above and beyond at the hospital his father founded.

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Atundra Horne

Atundra makes house calls to help community members recovering from injuries and illnesses.

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Scott Payne

Dawn P. couldn’t say enough great things about her radiology nurse, Scott.

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Sheila Saunders

Sheila is a role model for her peers. She treats every patient like family.

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Peg Scheidt

Peg seeks to ease the burden of each person she comes in contact with, regardless of their faith.

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Dr. Trey Kirby

After serving in the military for 14 years, Dr. Kirby now serves at River Park hospitals, where his dedication makes a lasting impression on all.

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Latise Jones

After an F3 tornado hit her community, Latise sprang into action to help a fellow nurse whose husband had been injured in the storm.

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Mary Dillman

Having a family member undergo an operation can be scary. That's why Mary's warm welcomes and dedication to keeping families updated on progress are so critical to her hospital. And we love her favorite saying, "If you want a smile, come see me."

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Meredith Hartzog

Meredith goes well beyond the call of duty by inspiring and encouraging all nurses and staff.

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Kevin O’Brien

After losing his wife to cancer in 2009, Kevin gained a unique understanding of what patients and families experience when they come to Smilow. So he volunteers his time now to help them.

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Donald Seyfried & Laura Massie

When a ruptured disc left Sindhura's right arm partially paralyzed—and put the start of her career in medicine at risk—Dr. Seyfriend and Laura took ownership of her as a patient, and helped her get back to work.

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Dr. David Horst

When you work with newborns, the best moments are always the simple ones.

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Harold Oglesby

Role model, innovator, motivator, wonderful person: these are just a few of the ways those who work alongside Harold describe him. From his compassionate approach to patient care, to his volunteerism around the world, Harold exemplifies what being a Hospital Hero means!

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Daphne Brewington, PhD, RN

Daphne uses her vast knowledge and wisdom to mentor fellow staff, act as a preceptor for nursing graduate students, and to help her hospital receive special designation.

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Sarah Brockington

Serving patients meals isn't just about bringing them food.

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Dr. Jonathan Pellett

“Gifted Hawaii surgeon, patient advocate, humanitarian, dedicated father of 4, avid surfer, and friend.” These are just a few of the words used to describe Dr. Pellett

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Domenico Cifarelli

Originally from Italy, Domenico uses the power of song to sooth patients.

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Bryan Sinnott

Bryan Sinnott spends his days fitting and fabricating prosthetics that allow kids to walk and run.

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Chambersburg Hospital Nurses

When an unexpected ailment prevented a high-schooler from attending her prom, the nurses at Chambersberg Hospital banded together to create a night she'd never forget

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Dr. Lon Butikofer

Dr. Butikofer, one of the first male orderlies in N.E. Iowa, has been CEO of Regional Medical Center in Manchester, Iowa for the past 25 years. He has also served as a volunteer Board Member for the Red Cross for over 30 years, and serves on the International Board managing Hospital Lumiere, a mountaintop Christian Hospital in Haiti.

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Donna C.

Donna's 40+ years of inpatient assistant nursing are critical to her hospital.

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Dr. Allan Friedman

In 2003, Kindra King was diagnosed with a brain tumor. That was when she met Dr. Allan Friedman at Duke University Medical Center, who ended up saving her life more than once.

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Dr. H. Oliver

Dr. Oliver goes above and beyond, really listens, and really cares.

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New York Methodist Hospital Radiation Team

Sherry Weaver submitted as her Hospital Heroes the "joyous, friendly, caring" radiation team at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.

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Mary McCormick

A former patient explains why she nominated Dr. McCormick as a Hospital Hero.

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Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja

Dr. Andrew-Jaja has welcomed thousands of babies into the world using the gift of song. His mantra is, "confront every encounter with a smile on your face and a song in your heart." We are thrilled to spotlight his efforts to bring these words to life with every baby he delivers!

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Kathi W.

Kathi was nominated as a Hospital Hero by her daughter.

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Kimetria B.

It's amazing what a smile can do!

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Keren M.

Keren is a Hospital Hero because of her love for her vocation, and her patients.

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William M.

William's "never say never" attitude makes him stand out as a Hospital Hero.

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Gilbert D.

"My life is in his hands, and I trust it there"

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Laurie Ketterl

This NICU nurse is using technology to transform how she and her colleagues connect with patients.

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Lance P.

Lance's work to improve the quality of care for his patients makes him a Hospital Hero.

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Suzanne P.

A registered nurse for over 30 years, Suzanne exemplifies the traits of a wonderful caregiver.

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Susanna Cheung, R.N.

Susanna Cheung, known as the "matriarch" of her nursing unit, has spent nearly four decades caring for patients.

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Cherri Rogers

Cherri formed a special bond with a patient in need.

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Mary Prokop

When her daughter was diagnosed with cancer, Mary's life changed in unimaginable ways. But she never expected her daughter's illness to lead her on a new career path to patient care.