Healthcare Heroes 2021

We’re excited to celebrate our 2021 Healthcare Heroes on Thursday, Oct. 21 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.


Download the digital flipbook of the 2021 Healthcare Heroes HERE

Overall, everyone who was nominated this year is a hero, but in the minds of our judges — the writers and editors at BusinessWest — eight of these stories stood out among the others. The Healthcare Heroes for 2021 are:

Lifetime Achievement:
James Goodwin, President and CEO, Center for Human Development

Emerging Leader:
Dr. Sarah Haessler, Hospital Epidemiologist, Baystate Medical Center Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Medicine, Baystate Health

Community Health:
Beth Cardillo, Executive Director, Armbrook Village, and
Richard Johnson, Counseling and Testing Prevention and Education Program Director, New North Citizens Council Inc

Patient/Resident/Client Care Provider:
Dr. Louis J. DeCaro, Podiatrist and Owner, DeCaro Total Foot Care Center

Health/Wellness Administrator:
Dr. Alicia Ross, Medical Director,
Holyoke VNA Hospice Life Care

Innovation in Health/Wellness:
J. Aleah Nesteby, Director of LGBTQ Services, Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Collaboration in Health/Wellness:
Doorway to an Accessible, Safe and Healthy Home

The Healthcare Heroes program is being sponsored by: presenting sponsors Elms College and Baystate Health/Health New England, and partner sponsor Trinity Health Of New England/Mercy Medical Center.

Presenting Sponsors

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Partner Sponsor

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Healthcare Heroes 2021 to Honor the Healthcare Heroes of this Region

In the spring of 2017, Healthcare News and its sister publication, BusinessWest, created a new and exciting recognition program called Healthcare Heroes.

It was launched with the theory that there are heroes working all across this region’s wide, deep, and all-important healthcare sector, and that there was no shortage of fascinating stories to tell and individuals and groups to honor. That theory has certainly been validated.

But there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of heroes whose stories we still need to tell, especially in these times, when the COVID-19 pandemic has brought many types of heroes to the forefront. And that’s where you come in.

View the 2020 Healthcare Heroes Program Guide Here

2020 Presenting Sponsors

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