Nine win coveted award of 2013 MediStars.

By Melanie Wolkoff Wacshman

A senator, addiction specialist, research and development facility and nurse educator were just a few of the healthcare professionals and businesses honored at the seventh annual MediStar Awards.

Since 2007, IGE Media, publisher of Medical News and Medical News for You, has recognized excellence in the business of healthcare at the exclusive MediStar Awards. On Tuesday, May 21, 2013 we did it again.

More than 400 healthcare professionals and executives filled the Hyatt Regency Louisville ballroom for the 7th annual MediStar Awards. Emcee Bill Francis, with the Fox 41 news team, kicked off the awards ceremony. He recognized Medical News’ 21st birthday, “Tonight Medical News is legal.” He invited the crowd to participate in a “responsible” drinking game where each person at a

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table said how long they worked at their place of employment. The person who worked the longest got to keep a bottle of wine.

New Award, Surprises
Other surprises included the presentation of the inaugural Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities Legislator of the Year Award, which was presented to a member of the Kentucky General Assembly who has demonstrated their commitment to improving the healthcare climate for Kentuckians. Senator Julie Denton (R) accepted the award.

Also new this year, instead of the outside panel of judges, the public selected the winner of the Medical News for You Consumer First Award via the web. UK Arts in HealthCare received the award. For the first time in MediStar history one finalist, the Cardiovascular
Innovation Institute, won in two categories: The Crowe Horwath Innovation Award and The Middleton Reutlinger Facility Design Award.

All winners graciously accepted a pewter repoussé MediStar award, which was created exclusively for the event by Louisville-based sculptor, Craig Kaviar of Kaviar Forge & Gallery.

No winner was more excited than Kim Tharp-Barrie, DNP, a repeat finalist for the A.O. Sullivan Award for Excellence in Education. Upon accepting her award Tharp-Barrie joked, “I’ve been nominated so many times I was beginning to feel like Susan Lucci.”

After the awards ceremony winners, finalists, nominees, sponsors and guests enjoyed a cocktail reception featuring live music, an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres, which included build-your own sliders, crunchy spring rolls and more.


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