Nominees for 2015 MediStar Awards announced

MediStar logoCongratulations to the 2015 nominees.

The A.O. Sullivan Award for Excellence in Education
Presented to organization that takes creative approaches to developing and implementing programs, which enhance the level of knowledge, education and career opportunity in healthcare.

Digenis Plastic Surgery Institute

Health Enterprises Network

UofL School of Medicine, LGBT Health Curriculum

Louisville VA Hospital Wound Care Unit

Norton Healthcare Office of Workforce Development

Pediatric Residency Program, Department of Pediatrics, UofL School of Medicine

Signature HealthCARE

UK Kentucky Regional Extension Center

The Hall Render Leadership in Healthcare Award
Presented to a progressive and entrepreneurial individual who is not afraid to take risks and whose job performance is considered exemplary by providers, patients and peers.

Sheila Carter, president, Heartsong Memory Care

David Dunn, MD, PhD, executive vice president for Health Affairs, University of Louisville

Kendra Grubb, MD, cardiovascular surgeon with UofL Physicians,, KentuckyOne Health

Daniel Eichenberger, MD, interim CEO and chief medical officer, Floyd Memorial Hospital

Mary Haynes, president/CEO, Nazareth Home

Jerry Hoganson, president, Wesley Manor Retirement Community

Isaac Myers II, MD, chief health integration officer, Baptist Health

Helen Overfield, director, American Diabetes Association

Michael Shannon, CEO, First Urology

Shiao Woo, MD, chairman, radiation oncology, UofL School of Medicine

Anthony Zipple, CEO, Seven Counties Services

The Seven Counties Services Healthcare Advocacy Award
Presented to an individual or organization that has worked to raise awareness of health challenges in our region and worked to affect change.

Melissa Currie, MD, medical director, Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine, UofL School of Medicine

Rob Edwards, chief external affairs officer, UK HealthCare

Family Community Clinic

Marta Miranda, chief empowerment officer, Center for Women and Families

The Kentucky Life Science Council Healthcare Innovation Award
Presented to an organization that has developed a new procedure, device, service, program or treatment that improves the delivery of care.


Advanced Solutions

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Enhanced Personal Health Care Program

KentuckyOne Health, University of Louisville and Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, Islet Auto-transplantation Program

KentuckyOne Health and University of Louisville, Percutaneous Valve Program

Louisville Metro EMS

Morrland Holdings

Norton Healthcare

Signature HealthCARE

UK Kentucky Regional Extension Center

Union Springs Integrative Medicine

UofL Departments of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and Bioengineering

The Aging Care Award 
Presented to an organization that has advanced the level of care for the senior community through innovative methods resulting in reduced costs and improved quality of life.



Hospice of the Bluegrass

KentuckyOne Health and University of Louisville


UofL Division of Geriatrics

Wesley Manor Retirement Community


The Facility Design Award
Presented to an architectural firm that demonstrated functional or innovative design in a new or renovated healthcare facility, which improves the delivery of care. 


UK HealthCare, Gill Heart Institute New Inpatient Unit, Designed by GBBN Architects

Family Health Centers – East Broadway, Designed by JRA Architects

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, Designed by HGA

Seven Counties Services – Center One


The Nurse of the Year Award
Presented to a nurse who has gone above and beyond their normal responsibilities to improve best practices and contribute to patient education.

Carl Helvie, founder and president, Carl O. Helvie Holistic Cancer Foundation

Kim Hobson, director of nursing, Nazareth Home

Whitney Nash, PhD, associate dean of practice and service, UofL School of Nursing

Deanna Young, vice president of nursing, Wesley Manor Retirement Community


The Physician of the Year Award
Presented to a physician who has shown outstanding leadership and vision and has contributed to their workplace leaving a lasting legacy.

Pukar Patel, chief medical officer, Children’s Services, Seven Counties Services

Gregory Postel, MD, CEO, UofL Physicians

Neal Richmond, MD, CEO, Louisville Metro EMS

Bart Rydzewski, MD, treasurer, Diagnostic X-Ray Physicians (DXP)

Joern Soltau, MD, Eye Specialists, University of Louisville Physicians