Nominees for 2016 MediStar Awards announced


More than 50 individuals and organizations across Kentucky and southern Indiana are represented in this year’s MediStar Award nominees.

First-time nominees Kentucky Homeplace, Lucina Health and Inscope Medical join past nominees such as MD2U and Family Community Clinic. Past MediStar Award winners, Signature HealthCare, Nazareth Home and Owensboro Health, round out the nominations. Nominees are:

The A.O. Sullivan Award for Excellence in Education

Health Enterprises Network


The eQuality Project, University of Louisville

The Friedell Committee for Health Transformation

Turnpike Partnership

UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health

The Hall Render Leadership in Healthcare Award

Patrick Bray, Bluegrass Doctors of Physical Therapy

Mike Gough, Norton Healthcare

Mary Haynes, Nazareth Home

Andrew Henderson, MD, Lexington Clinic

Mike Muldoon, Health Enterprises Network

Mark Slaughter, MD, University of Louisville

Susan Starling, Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital

Susan Swinford, Hospice of the Bluegrass

Dianne Timmering, Signature HealthCARE

Melissa Updike, Kentuckiana Medical Reciprocal Risk Retention Group

William Wagner, Family Health Centers

The Seven Counties Services Healthcare Advocacy Award

American Heart Association

Mark Bolton, Metro Department of Corrections

Lorrel Brown, MD, KentuckyOne Health and University of Louisville

Mark Evers, MD, UK HealthCare

Family Community Clinic

Kentuckiana Health Collaborative

Kentucky Homeplace

Kentucky Racing Health Services Center

Sean McPhillips, Collaborative Rural Health Funding Initiative

Brent Morris, MD, Lexington Clinic

Joe Murrell, Wayne County Hospital

Susan Swinford, Hospice of the Bluegrass

The Kentucky Life Sciences Council Healthcare Innovation Award

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky

Cedar Lake

Center for Women & Infants at University of Louisville Hospital

Highlands Regional Medical Center

Inscope Medical

Liberate Medical

Lucina Health

3DR Laboratories

UK HealthCare Maternal-Fetal Medicine Blue Angels program

The Hospice of the Bluegrass Aging Care Award


Owensboro Health

UofL Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging

Nurse of the Year Award

Sandy Mathis, Hospice of the Bluegrass

Whitney Nash, UofL School of Nursing

Pat Tucci,

Physician of the Year Award

Todd Cote, MD, Hospice of the Bluegrass

Henry Kaplan, MD, UofL Physicians

Khanh Nguyen, MD, Owensboro Health

Chris Noonan, MD, Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Jonathan Ray, MD, Louisville Hospitalist Associates

LaTonia Sweet, MD,


Since 2007 IGE Media, publisher of Medical News, has recognized excellence in the business of healthcare at the exclusive MediStar Awards, which honors healthcare professionals for their achievements in advocacy, innovation, education, leadership and aging care. This year we will celebrate the “best of the best” in the region, including the announcement of the Physician and Nurse of the Year. The event also features networking with healthcare professionals and executives during a cocktail reception.

Winners will be announced at the 10th Annual MediStar Awards in October. Additional information can be found at


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