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CONGRATULATIONS 2019 HONOREES!Excellence in Dentistry
Ann Marie Adornato, DMD, MSD, PC, Ann Marie Adornato DMD, MSD, PC Periodontics and Dental Implants

Excellence in Medicine
Derek Cooney, MD, MedSpa Solutions, LLC and University Hospital Emergency Medicine

Excellence in Nursing
Scott Jessie, RN, MS, CCRN, Upstate University Hospital

Excellence in Surgery
Lisa Lai, MD, Upstate Medical University

Healthcare Facility of Distinction
The Centers for Reproductive Health - Oswego County Opportunities

Healthcare Innovator
Lisa Sonneborn, MA, LMHC, Clarity Clinical Research, LLC

Heart of Healthcare
Bikash Regmi, NP, Mohawk Valley Health System, Optum Care, and State University of New York Polytechnic institute

Impact Player
Becky Auyer, PT, CMC, CDP, Inspire Care of Central New York
Colleen Penta, COA, University Center for Vision Care

Outstanding Hospital Executive
Robert J. Corona, DO, MBA, Upstate University Hospital

Outstanding Physical Therapist
Rachel Boccard, DPT, Onondaga Physical Therapy

Outstanding Rising Star
Jane Vail, MS, CNY Health Home Network, Inc.
Deanna Legnetto, MPA, St. Joseph's Health

Congratulations to the 2019 A. John Merola Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree!
David F. Lehmann,
SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Founder of Housecalls for the Homeless

David F. Lehmann, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, is an internist and clinical pharmacologist at Upstate Medical University. Dr. Lehmann founded “Housecalls for the Homeless” under the auspices of SUNY Upstate.  This program provides medical care, free of charge to our homeless sisters and brothers directly on the street, at area shelters, and at the Rahma Clinic.
   He has dedicated extensive time to academic leadership as chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, chief of the Clinical Pharmacology Inpatient Consult Service, and chief of the Section of Clinical Pharmacology in the Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology. He previously served as vice chair of the Department of Medicine and chief of the Division of General Medicine. Dr. Lehmann also served as the medical director of the SUNY-NYS Department of Health Collaborative for Medication Use, designed to enhance the safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of the NYS Medicaid formulary and to educate providers through the NYS Medicaid Prescriber Education Program.
   Dr Lehmann is a member of the Board of Regents for the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. He has practiced in Saipan, hospital pharmacy director in Kenya, and educator and consultant in the development of pharmacology curricula in Nepal and India. More recently, he has provided service through medical relief missions to Haiti, Ecuador, and Puerto Rico.


Christie Casciano
Anchor, NewsChannel 9
Emmy nominated veteran anchor and author Christie Casciano is a graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications. After reporting for WROC-TV in Rochester, Christie was eager to return home to her big Italian family in Syracuse to join the NewsChannel 9 team and the station she grew up watching.
   Christie anchors NewsChannel 9 First at 4:00, NewsChannel 9 at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and Eleven at 11:00 with Rod Wood. Christie has covered many major stories that has impacted the Central New York community and developed NewsChannel 9's, a crime franchise that has been recognized statewide for its efforts to help keep neighborhoods safe.




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