Eight Members of URMC Family Lauded for Achievements

March 29, 2012

"They all exemplify the innovative, caring spirit that we so deeply value."

Eight out of 20 Health Care Achievement Awards presented today by the Rochester Business Journal were captured by physicians, a dentist, nurse, staff and a volunteer within the URMC health care network. URMC winners spanned every category in the competition.

“I am so proud of each of our winners,” said URMC CEO Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D. “They all exemplify the innovative, caring spirit that we so deeply value.” 

Cardiologist Spencer Rosero, M.D., received an award for Innovation, recognizing his team’s invention of the Living Chip, a small implantable device that could help doctors and patients detect slight changes in heart function in real-time. The device earned a U.S. patent in November.

Director of the Eastman Institute for Oral Health for the last 13 years, Cyril Meyerowitz, D.D.S., was recognized for his Management achievements. Meyerowitz, who will step down from the leadership post later this year, is widely respected for driving Eastman Dental Center’s merger with URMC, for championing dental care for the underserved, and positioning EIOH as a high quality provider for all types of patients.

School of Nursing faculty member Daryl Sharp, Ph.D., is a psychiatric nurse practitioner recognized in the Nurse category for her work in helping individuals make healthy lifestyle choices in areas such as tobacco use, diabetes prevention, nutrition, exercise, and stress prevention. While much of her work has focused on patients with mental health conditions, she is also a member of the clinical team at URMC’s Center for Community Health.

International palliative care and end-of-life-issues expert Timothy Quill, M.D., won in the Physician category. A professor of medicine, psychiatry, and medical humanities and director of the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Palliative Care at URMC, Quill has transformed the nation’s and community’s view of the most sensitive issues in modern medicine.

Highland Hospital geriatrician Rocco Vivenzio, M.D., shared the Physician award spotlight. The URMC Geriatrics Group which Vivenzio first created in 1999 has since grown to provide medical directors to 13 skilled-nursing facilities and 21 assisted-living facilities. His model is credited with reducing hospital stays and readmissions for older patients by boosting quality and preventive care.

Golisano Children’s Hospital chief of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Susan Hyman, M.D., received an award for Special Needs care. A national expert in diagnosing and treating children with developmental disabilities, Hyman is loved and respected by the youngsters and families for which she cares. 

Herself a cancer survivor, Eileen Grossman co-founded the Cancer Wellness Spa and the Ovarian Cancer Walk, efforts that won her recognition in the Volunteer category. Grossman’s Wellness Spa serves a number of cancer treatment centers, including the Highland Hospital Infusion Center. Services include makeovers, manicures, skin care, wig demonstrations and more.

Former chair of the Golisano Children’s Hospital Advisory Board, Howard Jacobson was also honored for his Volunteer efforts. In a commitment that began when the hospital treated his seriously injured son, Jacobson’s signature is on a number of high-profile fundraising events that enable the hospital to remain a unique, regional resource for sick and injured children. 

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