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Health Care Heroes honorees named for 2020

Staff Report //November 11, 2020//

Health Care Heroes honorees named for 2020

Staff Report //November 11, 2020//

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Health Care Heroes honors professionals and volunteers serving the greater Charleston area. (Photo/Kim McManus)The Charleston Regional Business Journal has named honorees for the 2020 Health Care Heroes Awards.

Each year, the Business Journal and its partners honor the professionals and volunteers for health care, first responder, research and other areas. These individuals go beyond the call of duty for their communities and professions.

The heroes will be honored in a special online event from 6-7:30 p.m., Dec. 9. Click for more information.

A panel of judges reviewed the nominations for Health Care Heroes and scored honorees in the categories of Community Outreach, COVID-19 Response, First Responder, Health Care Professional, Nurse, Physician, Health Care Researcher, Service/Therapy Animal, Trident Construction Health Care Engineer and Volunteer.

2020 Honorees, alphabetical by name

Community Outreach

  • Andy Lyons, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Traci Ray, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Natcha Vicente-Lopez, Roper St. Francis Healthcare

COVID-19 Response

  • Charleston County Medical Society
  • Chris Hawk, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center

First Responder

  • Ronnie Dubose, Roper St. Francis Healthcare and Mount Pleasant Fire
  • Joyce Kirk, Jaxon Mattison Consulting LLC
  • Jon Rogers, Summerville Police Department

Health Care Professional

  • Catherine Durham, MUSC College of Nursing
  • Anthony Poole, Fetter Health Care Network
  • Jimmy Wilkerson, Roper St. Francis Healthcare


  • Savannah Hill, MUSC
  • Colleen O'Brien, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Kelly Pelletier, MUSC


  • Dr. Loren Frankel, Palmetto Women's Health
  • Dr. Louis Hassell, Cuspids Inc.
  • Dr. Assaad Merchak, Summerville Medical Center

Health Care Researcher

  • Suzannah Bagwell, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Kim Winkeler, Phi Life Sciences

Service/Therapy Animal

  • Beasley, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Lacie, MUSC
  • Max, JusticeWorks

Trident Construction Health Care Engineer

  • John Goff, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Leon Platt, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital
  • Cleveland Robertson, Roper St. Francis Healthcare


  • Noel Johnson, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Pimlico Ladies Club
  • Emily Russell, Roper St. Francis Healthcare