The 2014 Leaders in Health Care Awards

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About the event

To health care professionals around the nation, and to many around the world, it’s well known that Minnesota is an industry leader. But who leads within Minnesota? Honoring the state’s top health care leaders and organizations, the Leaders in Health Care Awards by Minnesota Business Magazine answer that question.


Mary Lahammer, program host and political reporter for Twin Cities Public Television, will emcee the 2014 Leaders in Health Care Awards. She has won several Emmys and numerous other awards in several states for her anchoring, reporting, producing, and photography.

Lahammer was named one of best Capitol reporters in America by the Washington Post, "Best TV Reporter" by Minnesota Monthly and "Best Newscaster" by City Pages Magazine. Mary's trademark has been getting politicians to open up and trust her including Governors from Jesse Ventura to Mark Dayton and Senators Al Franken and Norm Coleman. She followed Ventura around the world to Japan, China and Cuba. She has produced a variety of documentaries on topics such as global trade missions and Minnesota history.

Nominations are now closed. Finalists will be announced this summer and celebratory event will be held in at the Minneapolis Marriot City Center in downtown Minneapolis on Oct. 29, 2014.

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Startup Award

Awarded to a remarkable new health care company established within the past three years and based in Minnesota.
Winner: MyMeds
Finalist: Belay Energy
Finalist: Mill City Innovation & Collaboration Center

Software/Web Application Award

Awarded to a Minnesota-based company that has launched software or an online service that is innovative, effective, and targeted at the health care industry.
Winner: virtuwell
Finalist: Zipnosis
Finalist: PreciouStatus

Employee Wellness Program Award

Awarded to an organization that has implemented a measurable wellness program to promote the health and well-being of its employees through notable programs and benefits.
Winner: Prime Therapeutics
Finalist: Regions Hospital
Finalist: StoneArch

Community Outreach Award

Awarded to a Minnesota organization that has created an awareness program that successfully educates or informs the general community about vital health care issues.
Winner: Community Health Charities Minnesota
Finalist: American Diabetes Association Minnesota
Finalist: Vikings Fitness Playbook, Minnesota Vikings Football

Innovation in Medical Devices Award

Awarded to a company that has created or significantly improved medical technology.
Winner: Rotation Medical
Finalist: EmboMedics
Finalist: Inspire Medical Systems

Education and Workforce Development Award

Awarded to an organization significantly helping to engage and train workers for the future of Minnesota’s health care industry.
Winner: University of Minnesota School of Public Health Mentor Program
Finalist: Surgical Science
Finalist: Vital Simulations

Interior Design/Architecture Project Award

Awarded to a health care facility that has created a building or space that notably enhances the patient experience.
Winner: PrairieCare Chaska
Finalist: Park Nicollet Women's Center
Finalist: Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Outpatient Clinic, Abbott Northwestern-WestHealth

Health Care Executive Award

Awarded to an executive of a Minnesota-based health care company who has demonstrated personal excellence in industry advocacy, educational efforts, philanthropy, patient care, and employee culture.
Winner: Susan Gunderson, CEO, LifeSource
Finalist: Mary Brainerd, President & CEO, HealthPartners
Finalist: Theresa Pesch, President, Children’s Foundation, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Health Care Practitioner Award

Awarded to an individual who has operated at an exceptional level in their field of practice.
Winner: Dr. Mary Gregory, Owner, Omni Vision and Learning Center & Partner, Uptown Eye Care, Monticello
Finalist: Dr. Yoav H. Messinger, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Finalist: Gwen Verchota, Care Delivery Manager, virtuwell

Champion Award

Presented to an individual who has focused their efforts to elevate the profile/status of the state’s health care industry.
Winner: Dr. Archelle Georgiou, KSTP-TV
Finalist: Amy Salmela, Partner, Patterson Thuente
Finalist: Susan Willman, VP of Service Delivery, Medicare Exchanges, Optum

Change Agent Award

Awarded to an individual who is driving advancements in discovery and innovation through research, delivery of care, or a new procedure.
Winner: Dr. Joseph Petronio, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Finalist: Dr. Marnie Peterson, College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota
Finalist: Dr. Michael Rosenbloom, HealthPartners Center for Memory & Aging

Emerging Leader Award

Awarded to a health care professional (practitioner/administrator) under the age of 40 who has already demonstrated remarkable achievements.
Winner: Brandon Sawalich, Senior Vice President, Starkey Hearing Technologies
Finalist: John Blaska, President, Everspring Health
Finalist: Megan Brandt, Director of Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance, Cardiovascular Systems Inc. (CSI)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded to an individual who has made major accomplishments in Minnesota’s health care industry over two or more decades.
Recipient: Jan Malcolm, CEO, Courage Kenny Foundation; VP, Public Affairs, Allina Health
Recipient: Brock Nelson, President & CEO, Regions Hospital
Recipient: Dr. Glen D. Nelson, Chairman, GDN Holdings

Professional Services Dream Team

Recognizes excellence in professional services provided to the health care industry in Minnesota.
Venture Capital: TreeHouse Health
Real Estate: The Davis Group
Accounting: McGladrey
Law: Winthrop & Weinstine