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Health Care Heroes selected for 2019 awards

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The Charleston Regional Business Journal has unveiled the names for the 2019 Health Care Heroes Awards.

Each year, Health Care Heroes honors the men, women, and service and therapy animals who serve as 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 Business Journal and its sponsors will hold an event from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston. More information on the event is online, where tickets are also available for purchase.

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

2019 Honorees by Category

Community outreach

  • Judy Graham, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Deona Grant, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Jason Kirk, Palmetto Community Care

First responder

  • James Lewis, Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy
  • Todd McGeorge, Charleston County EMS
  • Jason Smith, Isle of Palms Fire Department

Health care professional

  • Minnett Alexander, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Patrick MacConnell, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Diane Sancho, Alice's Clubhouse

Health care researcher

  • James Krause, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Kerry Solomon, Dr. Kerry Solomon, Carolina Eye Care Physicians


  • Kathryn Belnick, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Candyce Pickering, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Michelle Steinbrecher, Roper St. Francis Healthcare


  • Dr. John Litchfield, Palmetto Digestive Health Specialists
  • Dr. Marga Massey, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Dr. Anita Ramsetty, Medical University of South Carolina

Service/therapy animal

  • Ace, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Bear, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Boomer, Medical University of South Carolina

Trident Construction Health Care Engineer

  • Elijah Jefferson, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Billy Johnson, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Levon Robinson, Roper St. Francis Healthcare


  • Dr. Marta Hampton, Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic
  • Jerry Holst, Roper St. Francis Healthcare
  • Kelly Loyd, Medical University of South Carolina

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