The 21st Annual Health Care Heroes awards was a celebration of the health care professionals who have made great contributions to the health care system of South Florida. 

Dr. Mary Bartlett Bunge, PhD, was the recipient of the AXA Advisors Lifetime Achievement Award. Recently retired, Dr. Bunge is known for her storied career in central nervous system regeneration. For the past 28 years, Dr. Bunge worked at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where her work with the Schwann cells will serve as the as a guide for future trials at The Miami Project. 

Dr. Mary Bartlett Bunge, PhD

Congratulations to all of the award recipients! To learn more about the finalists, click here.

Maritza Allen-Brown
Maritza Allen-Brown is the Youth Volunteer Recipient presented by Baptist Health South Florida 
Dr. Rodrigo Vianna
Dr. Rodrigo Vianna is the recipient of the Health Care Professional Award presented by Health Foundation of South Florida
Julio Puentes Miami Fire
Julio Puentes is the recipient of the First Responders Award presented by FPL 


Camillus House
Rose Anderson of Camillus House is awarded the Nurse Award presented by the Benjamin Leon School of Nursing at Miami Dade College
Jackson Health
Jackson Health System is the recipient of the Organization/Program Award presented by VITAS Healthcare
Dr. John A. Rock
Dr. John Rock, recipient of the Individual of Merit award presented by AvMed. 

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