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Florida Rural Health Heroes

Award Nominations are currently CLOSED for 2023. 
Award Categories:
  • Healthcare Hero: someone who is a member of a medical, dental, pharmacy, or nursing profession. 
  • Healthcare Administrator Hero: a person who works in an administrative or oversight capacity in a healthcare setting. These individuals are often trained in areas pertaining to business, marketing, management, and so forth, as opposed to being healthcare professionals.
  • Mental Health Hero: someone who works in the mental health field, serving our rural communities.
  • Community Health Hero: a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member or has a particularly good understanding of the community served. A CHW serves as a liaison between health and social services and the community to facilitate access to services and to improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.
  • Health IT & Informatics Hero: someone in the area of IT involving the design, development, creation, use, and maintenance of information systems for the healthcare industry. Its chief goals are to develop standards and clinical care guidelines that enhance electronic health records by facilitating information management. 


Check Out the 2023 Rural Health Heroes

Healthcare Hero - Dakota Redd from Hendry Regional Medical Center

Dakota Redd

Community Health Hero - Robert Harris from Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast

Robert Harris

Mental Health Hero - James Poole from Archer Family Health Care UF College of Nursing

James Poole

Healthcare Administrator Hero - Paula Webb from Lake Butler Hospital

2022 Rural Health Heroes 

Healthcare Hero - Dr. Melissa Jordan from Hendry Regional Medical Center

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Healthcare Administrator Hero - Vincent A. Sica from Desoto Memorial Hospital

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Community Health Hero - Patty Lyons from Baker County Department of Health & Ashley Dumont from Walton County Fire Rescue

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Health IT & Informatics Hero - Harrington Fuller from Hendry Regional Medical Center 

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