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Excellence in Connecticut’s Healthcare Industry Recognized with Health Care Heroes Awards

Connecticut is home to a growing healthcare industry that is consistently recognized for its innovations and excellence in patient care. On December 12th, Hartford Business Journal will recognize eight individuals and organizations who are upholding that standard of excellence at the Health Care Heroes Awards at the Hartford Marriott.

“We are fortunate to have so many great providers shaping our local healthcare sector,” Joe Zwiebel, publisher, Hartford Business Journal, said. “This year’s honorees exemplify what it means to be a hero in the healthcare industry, and we are delighted to recognize their achievements.”

The 2019 Health Care Heroes honorees are:

  • Advancement in Healthcare-Innovation: Dr. John Pelegano, Chief of Pediatrics, Hospital for Special Care
  • Advancements in Healthcare-Prevention: UConn Health’s Connecticut EMS Statewide Opioid Reporting Directive
  • Community Service-Advocacy/Policy: Patricia Baker, President & CEO, Connecticut Health Foundation
  • Corporate Achievement-Innovation: Hartford Hospital’s Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation or ECMO Team, led by Dr. Jason Gluck
  • Healthcare Staff: Katie Joly, Program Manager, Gaylord Sports Association, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
  • Nurse: Shawnna Scirpo, Nursing Director, The Hospital of Central Connecticut Emergency Department
  • Physician: Dr. Daniel Gerardi, Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center/Trinity Health
  • Volunteer: Brad Cole, Executive Director/All-Hazards Psychological Trauma Responder, K9 First Responders

In addition to recognizing the above honorees, the event will feature a keynote address by Gary Mendell, Founder & CEO, Shatterproof. Mendell founded Shatterproof, a national nonprofit dedicated to combatting addiction, after losing his own son to addiction.

The 2019 Health Care Heroes Awards are presented by Hartford Business Journal. Trinity Health of New England, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Comcast Business are presenting sponsors for the event. Hartford HealthCare and The Next Street are event sponsors. Event partners included Hartford Marriott, Rider Productions, J. Fiereck Photography and Co-Communications.

To purchase tickets for the event, visit

About Hartford Business Journal
Hartford Business Journal is the only audited, subscription-based business publication in Connecticut. Whether it's market trends, the latest merger news or an update on state government, this award-winning publication is the "must-read" for area business leaders. Hartford Business Journal has a total readership of 31,000 affluent and education business decision makers in the 61 towns that make up Metro Hartford. For more information, please visit or call 860.236.9998.

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