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NYC Health + Hospitals, MetroPlusHealth staff shine as “Healthcare Heroes” in 2024

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In a resounding tribute to the dedication and excellence of healthcare professionals across the region, Schneps Media’s annual “Healthcare Heroes” recognition list has honored eleven remarkable staff members from NYC Health + Hospitals and MetroPlusHealth.

This accolade celebrates their unwavering commitment to patient care and their profound impact on advancing healthcare in New York City and Long Island.

The awards ceremony, presented by The Carmelite Group and hosted by NBC News correspondent Chloe Melas, highlighted the extraordinary achievements of these individuals who represent the very essence of healthcare heroism.

Honorees from NYC Health + Hospitals and MetroPlusHealth

Among the distinguished honorees

Dr. Joan M. Curcio, MD, FACP – As the Director of Inpatient and Observation Services for Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, Dr. Curcio has demonstrated exceptional leadership in growing training programs for residents and fellows. Her efforts have strengthened the hospital’s commitment to equitable healthcare.

Hector Felix – A dedicated EVS Service Aide at NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health, Hector is celebrated for his strong work ethic and perfect attendance record, embodying reliability and dedication.

Alisa Grant — Serving as a Patient Care Associate at NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health for thirteen years, Alisa has exemplified compassion and excellence in emergency care.

Sophia Isaac – The Chief Human Resources Officer for NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull and Community Care, Sophia leads strategic HR initiatives that optimize employee support and service quality.

Karen Lenard – Vice President of Behavioral Health at MetroPlusHealth, Karen has spearheaded transformative changes in behavioral health services, focusing on community-based care and innovative reimbursement models.

Dr. William Li, MD, MSc — Director of Radiation Oncology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens, Dr. Li’s distinguished career underscores his commitment to advancing cancer research and patient care.

Hannah Loeffert – Chief of Strategy, Quality, and Safety at NYC Health + Hospitals/Community Care, Hannah’s leadership is defined by strategic oversight and innovative solutions aimed at enhancing care delivery.

Nakesha E. Nelson – Acting Associate Director of Quality Assurance and Clinical Quality Manager at MetroPlusHealth, Nakesha ensures that members receive top-tier care and support.

Remi Saji, RN – Head Nurse at NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health, Remi’s leadership in nursing exemplifies excellence and compassion.

Iryna Stembkovska, RN – A dedicated Head Nurse at NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health, Iryna’s commitment to patient care is reflected in her leadership and communication skills.

Each honoree represents the epitome of dedication and compassion in their respective roles within the healthcare ecosystem.

Celebrating Excellence in Healthcare

Schneps Media, a local media powerhouse reaching over 2 million readers weekly, underscores the significance of honoring healthcare professionals who make a tangible difference in the lives of New Yorkers. This year’s “Healthcare Heroes” list recognizes those who embody the ethos of service and innovation, driving positive change across healthcare settings.

The recognition of these eleven outstanding individuals from NYC Health + Hospitals and MetroPlusHealth reaffirms their pivotal roles as healthcare leaders and underscores their unwavering commitment to providing exceptional care and improving health outcomes for communities across New York City and beyond. This honor stands as a testament to their exemplary contributions to the field of healthcare and their profound impact on patient well-being.

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