Wednesday April 18, 2007

Healthcare Heroes Celebrated at Breakfast Event

19 healthcare workers honored
By Chris Motola

    Healthcare professionals from throughout Oswego County gathered Wednesday morning at Bridie Manor in Oswego to celebrate the accomplishments of their peers.

    The 2nd Annual Healthcare Hero Awards event honored doctors, nurses, administrators and volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their efforts to bring quality healthcare to the county. At a morning breakfast ceremony, 19 industry workers received awards and honorable mentions in categories divided by region and/or profession.

    Laura Hand, a news anchor with NBC-3 WSTM "Action News 3 Live @ Noon" in Syracuse, hosted the ceremony.

    Honored with lifetime achievement awards were former Oswego Health executive director Corte Spencer, who retired in 2006. He’s credited with expanding Oswego Hospital into a full-fledged healthcare system, Oswego Health, and with maintaining the organization’s fiscal solvency throughout his 25 years as executive.

    “I want to recognize that it’s the Oswego Health multifaceted team that has really been responsible for all these improvements,” said Spencer.

    Fellow lifetime achievement award winner Dennis Norfleet, medical director of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO), could not be present for his award. His sons accepted it in his absence.

    OCO executive director, Joe Roszak spoke his praise of Norfleet. “It’s amazing how much respect he has, both in this community and throughout the state of New York.” Roszak says Norfleet began as a volunteer with OCO and is responsible for the growth of its healthcare services over the years.