The annual Health Care Heroes Awards, presented by BizTimes Milwaukee, honors individuals in southeastern Wisconsin who are making a difference on the front lines of health care.

This inspirational program has been attended by over 200 individuals annually and opens the celebration into the holiday season.

  HEALTHCARE HEROES  Friday, December 11, 2015 |  7:30 AM - 9:30 AM  | Potawatomi Hotel & Casino


2014 Health Care Heroes:

Advancements in Health Care:
Honors a company or individual primarily responsible for a scientific or discovery or for the development of a new medical product or procedure.

  • Dr. Michael Mitchell, investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute
  • Justin Mortara, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Mortara Instrument Inc.

Behavioral Health:
Honors an individual or an organization for their leadership, commitment and care on behavioral health issues.

  • Kimberly Flannery, nutrition director at Wisconsin Athletic Club
  • Sue McKenzie, co-director of Rogers InHealth, Rogers Memorial Hospital

Community Service:
Honors an individual or an organization for leadership in focusing on solving a particular health care issue.

  • Robyn Kibler, administrator of Smart Smiles, a dental program sponsored by Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Dick Vogel, founder of Kathy’s House (posthumous)

Corporate Achievement in Health Care:
Honors a company or organization that has successfully implemented an innovative health care product, process or service.

  • Cultivate by Standard Process
  • Source 1 Project Solutions Inc.

Executive Leadership:
Honors a senior-level individual who demonstrates strong skills in leading their organization in quality care, collaboration and financial management.

  • Dr. Tito Izard, president and CEO of Milwaukee Health Services Inc.
  • Eric Tetzlaff, administrator of Lake Terrace

Health Care Staff:
Honors an individual who has made a significant difference in the wellbeing of others.

  • Lisa Hacker, pediatric social worker, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
  • Susan Meilinger, R.N. and health coach, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Workforce Health Program

Honors an individual from the nursing field whose performance on the job is considered exemplary by patients, peers and physicians.

  • Heidi Sykora, Doctor of Nursing Practice and vice president of clinical quality services at the Milwaukee Center for Independence

Honors an individual who has done volunteer work for the good of one or more people or the entire community.

  • Cedric Jones, burn support group volunteer, Columbia St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center
  • Jimmy Krznarich, full-time volunteer, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin