Passion is the word that defines these heroes. And it was on clear display Oct. 25 at the Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, site of the Healthcare Heroes Gala.
This was the second such gala. The event was a huge success, not because of the venue (although that was a factor) or the views (although they certainly helped), but because of the accomplishments, the dedication, and, yes, the passion being relayed from the podium.
There are seven winners in all, in categories chosen to reflect the broad scope of the health and wellness sector in Western Mass., and the incredible work being done within it:
The Healthcare Heroes for 2018 are:
Mary Paquette, director of Health Services/nurse practitioner, American International College
Celeste Surreira, assistant director of Nursing, the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke
Peter DePergola II, director of Clinical Ethics, Baystate Health
Dr. Matthew Sadof, pediatrician, Baystate Children’s Hospital
The Consortium and the Opioid Task Force
Robert Fazzi, founder, Fazzi Associates.
American International College and Baystate Health/Health New England are presenting sponsors for Healthcare Heroes 2018. Additional sponsors are National Grid, partner sponsor, and Elms College MBA Program, Renew.Calm, Bay Path University, and Trinity Health Of New England/Mercy Medical Center as supporting sponsors.