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Heritage Provider Network And Crain's New York Business, Custom Division, Announce Judges For 3rd Annual Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards

Heritage Provider Network
Posted on: 28 Feb 18

MARINA DEL REY, Calif., Feb. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Heritage Provider Network (HPN), one of the nation's leading physician-led managed care organizations, and Crain's Custom, a division of Crain's New York Business, have selected a prestigious panel of judges to evaluate candidates for the 3rd annual Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards. For the third year, Heritage Provider Network is partnering with Crain's Custom to recognize and honor extraordinary health-care innovation throughout the New York metropolitan area. The innovation award was created in 2016 to spotlight organizations and leaders who have vastly improved access to quality, affordable healthcare. The goal is to recognize advances in healthcare that will ultimately help improve the lives of millions of New Yorkers. The partnering organizations chose the panel of judges for their extensive and diverse experience in the healthcare industry.

The awards will showcase those innovators who have most improved the access to and quality of affordable healthcare in the communities they serve in the greater New York area. Judges will assess the nominations to select five finalists in each of the five categories.

Judges include:

Richard Merkin, MD, President and CEO, Heritage Provider Network

Mitra Behroozi, Executive Director, 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds

Stephen Berger, Chairman, Odyssey Partners

Louise Cohen, MPH, CEO, Primary Care Development Corp.

Dr. Rosa M. Gil, DSW, President and CEO, Comunilife, Inc.

Maria Gotsch, President and CEO, Partnership Fund for New York City

Doug Hayes, Founder and CEO, Junto Health

Steven Krein, CEO and Cofounder, StartUp Health

Freda C. Lewis-Hall, MD, DFAPA, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Inc.

Edgar Mandeville, MD, FACOG, Former Director, Department of OB/GYN, Harlem Hospital 

Mary OʼNeil Mundinger, DrPh , Edward M. Kennedy Professor of Health Policy, Dean Emeritus, Columbia University School of Nursing

Judith A. Salerno, MD, MS, President, The New York Academy of Medicine

Michael Stocker, MD, Retired CEO, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Former Board Chairman, New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.

"The Heritage Healthcare Innovation Award judges bring critical depth and experience in a variety of healthcare sectors to the judging process," said Dr. Richard Merkin, President and CEO of HPN. "We are honored to be joining forces with them, as their unique insight provides the winners of this award with opportunities to improve healthcare for New Yorkers and their families, not only providing them with latest advances in healthcare technology but reducing costs as well."

"There are dozens of innovative healthcare organizations and hundreds of healthcare innovators right here in New York.  The judges' insight helps the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards give outstanding innovators deserving recognition.   And they do so in a way that gives New York providers the opportunity to deliver better healthcare and cost - not just more - through adoption of the innovative proven changes and innovative culture award winning nominees demonstrate," said Mark Wagar, President of Heritage Medical Systems.

"We are very proud to be the exclusive media partner of Heritage Provider Network for the third year of the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards initiative," said Mary Kramer, group publisher of Crain's New York Business. "Health care is an industry that both employs thousands and serves millions of residents in our region. The HPN awards single out those who spur scientific innovation and medical breakthroughs as well as those who make health care more affordable and accessible. Both ends of the spectrum are hugely important to our region. We applaud HPN for recognizing the importance."

Finalists will be acknowledged in five categories:

HERITAGE INNOVATION IN HEALTHCARE DELIVERY Recognizing an innovator in the development of new modes of diagnosis, treatment, and care who actively improves the delivery of services and improves quality of healthcare.

HERITAGE RESEARCH INVESTIGATORS IN TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE Awarded to an individual based on the most significant quantitative results achieved by accelerating the transition of novel and innovative diagnostic tools and treatments to patients.

HERITAGE HEALTHCARE LEADERSHIP Recognizing a leader who has made a significant impact in their healthcare field. This forward thinker has forever changed the way care systems work through new models, processes and pathways.

HERITAGE HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP Honoring an organization that has fundamentally changed how healthcare is delivered. This organization has created, or championed new ways of thinking and doing, uniting diverse constituencies to work together.

HERITAGE INNOVATORS IN HEALTHCARE Highlighting cutting edge applications of technology and up & comers in the healthcare industry. These breakthrough innovators are making significant contributions in the areas of technology, research, or new approaches to healthcare systems.

Previous winners and judges of the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards discuss the impact of the program. Watch videos here:

Nominations will be accepted until midnight March 23, 2018. The online entry point (essay) is available at

25 finalists will be announced in early May. Five winners, one per category, will be revealed at a luncheon event in New York City on May 21, 2018 at the New York Athletic Club in New York City.

About Heritage Provider Network
Heritage Provider Network, Inc. (HPN) is one of the most experienced physician organization leaders of accountable care and continuous value based healthcare delivery improvements. Developing and managing coordinated, patient-doctor centric, integrated health care systems that offers some of the strongest solutions for the future of health, care and cost in the United States. HPN and its affiliates operate in New York, California, Arizona and Missouri providing high quality, cost effective healthcare with over one million patient members and are dedicated to quality, affordable health care, and putting patients' wellness first. (

About Crain's New York Business
For over 30 years, Crain's New York Business has been the award-winning news source for New York's business leaders, telling the story of the New York economy, while serving as a voice and advocate for the city's business community. Reporting through the prism of business, Crain's helps its readers stay on top of the inner workings of New York's economic and political ecosystem, uncover new business opportunities and connect with the broader New York business community.

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Mike Wood

Last updated on: 28/02/2018

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