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2021 Health Care Heroes

Health care workers have faced unprecedented challenges during the past year due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These organizations and individuals deserve to be recognized and celebrated every day, but right now it is even more critical. Honorees will be celebrated on June 1st at the virtual awards event as well as through profiles in the Health Care Heroes magazine and online.

Join us for our online awards celebration

June 1, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

 Tickets: $25 ($30 after May 21)


Your ticket includes: 

– Access to our professionally produced, TV-quality livestream program

– Video storytelling with compelling comments from each honoree

– Video shout out messages from our sponsors

– Guests and winners participating during the event through social media appearing live on screen

For more information, contact our Events Team at


Tuesday, June 01, 2021
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Advancements in Innovation and Health Care

Fellowship Community

Lehigh Valley Health Network

Health Care Specialties Hero

Vicky Kistler, MEd Allentown Health Bureau

Jennifer A. Janco, MD St. Luke’s University Health Network

Tracy Roman, RN, MBA, NHA Phoebe Ministries

Kristy Pereira, PT, Cert. MDT Robbins Rehabilitation East

Jacqueline Labenberg, MT-BC Music Therapy Associates

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network

Community Outreach/Education Hero

Leonardo Claros, MD St. Luke’s University Health Network

Kimberly Levitt, MPH, DHS Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

COVID-19 Hero

Donald Hirsch Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center

Sheri Fredrick-Deeb, M.Ed, BSN, RN, NCSN Parkland School District

Jeffrey Jahre, MD St. Luke’s University Health Network

New Vitae Wellness and Recovery

Reading Hospital – Tower Health

Bethlehem Health Bureau

Health Professional Hero

Kathi Eichman, MS, CHC New Vitae Wellness and Recovery

Sonja Handwerk, RN, MSN, CNN, CCTC Lehigh Valley Health Network

Luis Puentes, BSN, MA, MBA, PHRN Lehigh Valley Health Network

Lifetime Achievement Hero

Luther V. Rhodes III, MD Lehigh Valley Health Network

Carol Gullo Mest, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAANP DeSales University

Nurse Hero

Terry Burger, BSN, MBA, CIC, NE-BC, FAPIC Lehigh Valley Health Network

Carlos Pineda Caresense

Melissa Hosni, RN, BSN Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg

Donna Pavlovic, MSN, MEd, RN Fellowship Community

Physician Hero

Timothy J. Friel, MD, FIDSA Lehigh Valley Health Network


Advancement in Innovation and Health Care

This honors an organization principally responsible for a scientific discovery or for the development of a new process, device or a service that can save or improve the quality of life for a large number of people.

Allied Health Hero

This honors a non-physician professional practicing in allied health who displays exemplary performance in his/her field and whose services benefit families in our local communities. Examples include: Physician Assistants, lab technicians, phlebotomists, chemotherapy technicians, CNAs, hospice workers, nutritionists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and radiology technicians.

Community Outreach/Education Hero

This honors an individual or organization that reaches outside of their normal sphere of business to focus attention on a health care issue or to solve a community health problem.

COVID-19 Hero

This award honors an individual making an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic.

First Responder Hero

This honors individuals such as the military, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters and police for their professional achievement and community involvement in their line of duty.

Health Professional Hero

This honors non-medical health care workers. Examples include administrators, professors, health insurance professionals and receptionists.

Lifetime Achievement Hero

This award is presented to one individual for his/her lifetime career of advancing the health care of our region through heroic acts, mentoring, compassion, honor and integrity.

Mental Health Caregiver of the Year

This honors an individual or organization that provides mental health support and counseling services to individuals and families in our local communities.

Nurse of the Year

This honors a nurse or nurse practitioner whose performance is considered exemplary by patients and doctors and provides a model of professionalism to peers.

Pediatric and Pediatric Specialties Hero

This honors a physician or non-physician working in pediatric medicine or pediatric medical specialties whose work notably benefits the children in our local communities.

Physician of the Year

This honors a physician who displays exemplary performance in his/her field and whose services benefit in our local communities.

Senior Care Hero

This honors an individual or organization committed to advancing the health and wellness of senior citizens in our local communities.

Special Needs Advocate

This honors an individual or organization invested in special needs care for adults and/or children and making a difference to families in our local communities.

Therapeutic Care Provider of the Year

This honors an individual or organization invested in physical therapy, occupational therapy or chiropractic care whose job performance is considered commendable by patients and colleagues.

Volunteer Hero

This honors non-payroll individuals who reach out with time or skills to help patients or health care providers.

Women’s Health and Wellness Hero

This honors an individual or organization that makes women’s health and wellness a top priority and whose services benefit women of all ages. Examples include: OB/GYNs, imaging technicians, midwives, doulas, women’s health facilities.

Workplace Wellness Program of the Year

This honors an organization for a company-wide wellness program, healthy work environment, ergonomics program, or other health-related activities benefiting employees.


Do the winners have to say something?

Winners do not speak live during the event, but will be contacted to be profiled in a multi-media video that will be aired during the event.

I’m a Health Care Hero award winner, what now?

Sit tight, a member of our team will contact you soon with any additional details.

If I’m a winner, do I need to purchase a ticket?

You do not need to purchase a ticket for yourself as an honoree. All other attendees must purchase a ticket. Sponsorship packages are available to purchase for those wanting large groups of tickets and additional benefits.

Can I buy an ad in the publication?

The Health Care Hero program is supported through sponsorships. The ads you see in the magazine are part of the sponsorship packages. Please email

I bought a ticket but I don’t see it?

Tickets will be sent to you and everyone who registers the day before and the day of the event via email.

Remember, tickets can only be opened on one device, if you open it on your phone but then try to open it on your computer it will not work.


Contact if you have any issues.

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