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The Daily Record Announces 2024 Health Care Heroes

The Daily Record has selected Barb Clapp, Jack and Nancy Dwyer Workforce Development, Inc. CEO, as a 2024 Health Care Hero.

As home to several renowned medical and federal institutions, Maryland is a national leader in health care research and development. The Daily Record’s Health Care Heroes Awards honor those individuals and organizations who have made an impact on the quality of health care within the state. The winners were selected by the publisher and editors of The Daily Record.

Health Care Heroes are presented in the following categories: Advancements and Innovation in Health Care, Community Outreach (organization and individual), Lifetime Achievement, Mental Health Hero (organization and individual), Nurse of the Year, Nurse Practitioner of the Year, Physician Assistant of the Year, Physician of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

“This year’s Health Care Heroes really are heroes. They dedicate their lives to making a positive impact on others. When it comes to meeting the needs of their patients, nothing else matters,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, managing director of BridgeTower Media/The Daily Record. “They provide exceptional care to all. We at The Daily Record are honored to recognize their accomplishments.”

Honorees will be recognized June 21 through an online video celebration at TheDailyRecord.com, on The Daily Record’s social media channels and the daily email alert on that day. The video will be shared to an audience of more than 42,000 business and legal professionals.

Various sponsorship opportunities are available that include multimedia marketing in the video celebration, the right to use the Health Care Heroes logo, print and digital marketing, and much more. To secure a sponsorship, please contact Suzanne Fischer-Huettner at [email protected].

Winners will be profiled in a special magazine that will be inserted into the June 21 issue of The Daily Record and will be available online at www.TheDailyRecord.com.

The Event Partner is the Maryland Hospital Association. For more information and updated sponsorship information about The Daily Record’s 2024 Health Care Heroes, visit https://thedailyrecord.com/event/health-care-heroes/.

2024 Health Care Heroes

Advancements and Innovation in Health Care                               

The Center for Breast Health at Carroll Hospital      

The Comprehensive Diabetes Program at Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States

Comprehensive Stroke Center at MedStar Health Franklin Square

Continental Clinical Solutions          

The Institute for Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics at Sheppard Pratt           

Luminis Health

Community Outreach (Organization)                      

The Family Tree


Maryland Apprenticeship Connector

Tuerk House  

Community Outreach (Individual)

Barb Clapp, Jack and Nancy Dwyer Workforce Development Inc.

Derek T. Dangerfield II, George Washington University School of Public Health

Maria Fernandez, Baltimore Medical System

Freedom Jones, Center for Hope

Jessica K. Lee, University of Maryland Medical Center

Natalie Spicyn, M.D., MHS, AAHIVS, The JACQUES Initiative at University of Maryland, Baltimore

Kelly Truax, GBMC SAFE, DV and Child Protection Program

Lifetime Achievement

Sharon Gladfelter, RHIT, Brook Lane Behavioral Health

Leslie S. Matthews, M.D., MBA, MS, MedStar Health

Ursula McClymont, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., Baltimore Medical System

Aziza T. Shad, M.D., Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai

Carol Ann Sperry, RN, MS, CEN, UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center

Mental Health Hero (Organization)

Sheppard Pratt

Mental Health Hero (Individual)

Sarah Kattakuzhy, M.D., MPH, Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

MaryJane Martz, LCSW-C, Ashley Addiction Treatment

Joanne Awuor Oport, Africans for Mental Health

Daniel Watkins, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Luminis Health

Nurse of the Year

Nicole Noga, BSN, RN, TNCC, ENPC, MedStar Health Franklin Square

Angela G. Wheeler, Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center

Gail Zephyr, MSN, RN, OCN, MedStar Health Franklin Square

Nurse Practitioner of the Year

Katherine Sturiano, MedStar Medical Group Cardiology

Physician Assistant of the Year

Erica Stoner PA-C, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

Physician of the Year

Reginald Brown, M.D., Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center        

Dr. Eddye Bullock, Kaiser Permanente        

Kritis Dasgupta, M.D., MBA, MSc, FACHE, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital  

Dr. Luis Ruiz, M.D., Kaiser Permanente      

Asha Thomas, M.D., Sinai Hospital of Baltimore    

John C. Wang, M.D., MSc, MedStar Health 

Volunteer of the Year

Margaret Motsuk, Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center