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3rd Annual Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards

Monday, May 7, 2018

Heritage Provider Network (HPN), one of the nation’s leading physician-led managed care organizations, and Crain’s Custom, a division of Crain’s New York Business, have selected a prestigious panel of judges to evaluate candidates for the 3rd annual Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards. For the third year, Heritage Provider Network has partnered with Crain’s Custom to recognize and honor extraordinary health-care innovation throughout the New York metropolitan area. The innovation award was created in 2016 to spotlight organizations and leaders who have vastly improved access to quality, affordable healthcare. The goal is to recognize advances in healthcare that will ultimately help improve the lives of millions of New Yorkers. The partnering organizations chose the panel of judges for their extensive and diverse experience in the healthcare industry.

Previous winners and judges of the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards discuss the impact of the program. Watch videos here: vimeo.com/255620975/365c3e6e1f.

The awards will showcase those innovators who have most improved the access to and quality of affordable healthcare in the communities they serve in the greater New York area. Judges will assess the nominations to select five finalists in each of the five categories.

“The Heritage Healthcare Innovation Award judges bring critical depth and experience in a variety of healthcare sectors to the judging process,” said Dr. Richard Merkin, President and CEO of HPN. “We are honored to be joining forces with them, as their unique insight provides the winners of this award with opportunities to improve healthcare for New Yorkers and their families, not only providing them with latest advances in healthcare technology but reducing costs as well.”

“There are dozens of innovative healthcare organizations and hundreds of healthcare innovators right here in New York. The judges’ insight helps the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards give outstanding innovators deserving recognition. And they do so in a way that gives New York providers the opportunity to deliver better healthcare and cost – not just more – through adoption of the innovative proven changes and innovative culture award winning nominees demonstrate,” said Mark Wagar, President of Heritage Medical Systems.

“We are very proud to be the exclusive media partner of Heritage Provider Network for the third year of the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards initiative,” said Mary Kramer, group publisher of Crain’s New York Business. “Healthcare is an industry that both employs thousands and serves millions of residents in our region. The HPN awards single out those who spur scientific innovation and medical breakthroughs as well as those who make healthcare more affordable and accessible. Both ends of the spectrum are hugely important to our region. We applaud HPN for recognizing the importance.”

Finalists will be acknowledged in five categories:


Recognizing an innovator in the development of new modes of diagnosis, treatment, and care who actively improves the delivery of services and improves quality of healthcare.


Awarded to an individual based on the most significant quantitative results achieved by accelerating the transition of novel and innovative diagnostic tools and treatments to patients.


Recognizing a leader who has made a significant impact in their healthcare field. This forward thinker has forever changed the way care systems work through new models, processes and pathways.


Honoring an organization that has fundamentally changed how healthcare is delivered. This organization has created, or championed new ways of thinking and doing, uniting diverse constituencies to work together.


Highlighting cutting edge applications of technology and up and comers in the healthcare industry. These breakthrough innovators are making significant contributions in the areas of technology, research, or new approaches to healthcare systems.


Richard Merkin, MD 

President and CEO, Heritage Provider Network

Mitra Behroozi

Executive Director, 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds

Stephen Berger

Chairman, Odyssey Partners

Louise Cohen, MPH 

CEO, Primary Care Development Corp.

Dr. Rosa M. Gil, DSW

President and CEO, Comunilife, Inc.

Maria Gotsch

President and CEO, Partnership Fund for New York City

Doug Hayes

Founder and CEO, Junto Health

Steven Krein

CEO and Cofounder, StartUp Health

Freda C. Lewis-Hall, MD, DFAPA

Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Inc.

Edgar Mandeville, MD, FACOG

Former Director, Department of OB/GYN, Harlem Hospital

Mary O’Neil Mundinger, DrPh

Edward M. Kennedy Professor of Health Policy, Dean Emeritus, Columbia University School of Nursing

Judith A. Salerno, MD, MS

President, The New York Academy of Medicine

Michael Stocker, MD

Retired CEO, Empire Blue

Cross and Blue Shield,

Former Board Chairman,

New York City Health

and Hospitals Corp.

Previous winners and judges of the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards discuss the impact of the program. Watch videos here: https://bcove.video/2om2F9q

Nominations will be accepted until midnight March 23, 2018. The online entry point (essay) is available at www.crainsnewyork.com/heritage.

25 finalists will be announced in early May. Five winners, one per category, will be revealed at a luncheon event in New York City on May 21, 2018 at the New York Athletic Club.

About Heritage Provider Network, Inc. 

Heritage Provider Network, Inc. (HPN) is one of the most experienced physician organization leaders of accountable care and continuous value based healthcare delivery improvements. Developing and managing coordinated, patient-doctor centric, integrated healthcare systems that offers some of the strongest solutions for the future of health care and cost in the United States. HPN and its affiliates operate in New York, California, Arizona and Missouri providing high quality, cost effective healthcare with half a million patient members and are dedicated to putting patients’ wellness first. (heritageprovidernetwork.com)