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Florida Rural Health Heroes

Nominations open for the 2023 Rural Health Heroes Award! Check out award categories and previous year's awardees below!

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2022 Rural Health Heroes 

Healthcare Hero (MD, PA, Nurse) - Dr. Melissa Jordan from Hendry Regional Medical Center

A Healthcare Hero is someone who is a member of a medical, dental, pharmacy, or nursing professions. 

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Healthcare Administrator Hero - Vincent A. Sica, CEO from Desoto Memorial Hospital

A Healthcare Administrator Hero is a person that works in an administrative or oversight capacity in a healthcare setting. These individuals are often trained in areas pertaining to business, marketing, management, and so forth, as opposed to being healthcare professionals.

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Community Health Hero - Patty Lyons from Baker County Department of Health & Ashley Dumont from Walton County Fire Rescue

A Community Health Hero is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member or has a particularly good understanding of the community served. A CHW serves as a liaison between health and social services and the community to facilitate access to services and to improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

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Health IT & Informatics Hero - Harrington Fuller from Hendry Regional Medical Center

A Health IT & Informatics Hero is someone in the area of IT involving the design, development, creation, use and maintenance of information systems for the healthcare industry. Its chief goals are to develop standards and clinical care guidelines that enhance electronic health records by facilitating information management. 

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