2019 Health Care Heroes



Congratulations to all our finalists and winners of the 2019 Health Care Heroes Awards. We enjoyed honoring and celeberting each of you at the Award's event. To see a list of this year's winners, click here.


THE 2019 HEALTH CARE HEROES Awards Finalists 

Lifetime Achievement Winner:

 Charlie Hardy, Founding Dean, College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Category Finalists 

Health Care Professional:
Deanna Crescenzi, Telemetry Monitor Technician, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Angela Livingood, Pharmacy Manager, Pender Memorial Hospital/New Hanover Regional Medical Center
John Popella, Director, New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s AirLink/VitaLink/Regional Transfer Center
Community Outreach:
Philip Brown, MD/Chief Physician Executive, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Lyle Leuck, ZERO Champion, ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer
Olivia Rice, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, Chocolate Milk of Wilmington

First Responder:
Tommy Batson, Fire Marshal & Assistant Emergency Management Director, Pender County
David Dudding, Battalion Chief, Pender EMS & Fire
Steven Still, Emergency Management Director, New Hanover County
Otelia Blanks, Volunteer, Lower Cape Fear Hospice
Logan Jones, Junior Volunteer, Pender Memorial Hospital
Nona Rogers, Volunteer, Surgical Pavilion, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant:
Barbara Suzy Diggle-Fox, Assistant Professor/Ph.D., GNP, ANP, B-C, University North Carolina of Wilmington
Victoria Oxendine, Manager of Ambulatory Services, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Megan Whitley, PA-C, NHRMC, Physician Group-Cape Fear Heath Associates

Dana Eder, Wound Care Program Coordinator, New Hanover Regional Medical Center Home Care
Mandy O’Hara, Director of Patient Care Services, Lower Cape Fear Hospice
Belinda Phillips, Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center
Toren Davis, Medical Director and Facility Physician, NHRMC-Coastal Family Medicine
William Hope, General Surgery Residency Program Director, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Bill Sutton, Medical Director/Physician, EmergeOrtho
Community Achievement:
Karen Isaacs, MD/MPH, NHRMC-Coastal Family Medicine
Lance Lewis, Director of Structural Heart Disease Program, NHRMC Physician Group-Cape Fear Heart Associates
Christy Spivey, Administrator for Regional Services, New Hanover Regional Medical center
Innovation in Health Care:
Jenean Lacorte, Para-Medical Tattoo Artist, Restorative Tattoos
Brian Lanier, President and Founder, Promina Health-Direct Primary Care
Joseph Pino, Executive Director, South East Area Health Education Center; Associate Dean and Campus Director, UNC School of Medicine Wilmington Campus; Vice-President of Graduate Medical Education

Health Care Executive:
Clell Hamm, Owner, Hamm Hearing Aid Center
Carol Northup, Vice President, Patient Care Services and CNO/COO, Dosher Memorial Hospital
Shelbourn Stevens, President, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center


Applications for next year's program will open in the fall of 2020.

About Health Care Heroes: Health Care Heroes is an annual celebration to bring together the Wilmington-area medical community and its supporters. The program has three goals: to give members of the health community a chance to connect in a fun relaxed atmosphere; to celebrate individuals who go well beyond expectations to provide excellent care for our community, and to award scholarships to up-and-coming members of the health care community. This year's awards event was held on November 15 at the Country Club of Landfall.

Interested in being a Health Care Heroes sponsor? Contact Melissa Pressley at (910) 343-8600 x203 or [email protected]

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Event Discussion


Friday Nov 15, 2019

5:30 PM to 10:00 PM


The Country Club of Landfall

800 Sun Runner Place
Wilmington, NC 28405