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With more than 500 finalists and their guests in attendance, the San Diego Business Journal’s Healthcare Champions event proved once again to be one of the premier recognition events for the health care community throughout San Diego County.

With representatives from every community in health care—first responders, nurses and doctors, hospital administrators and various technical specialties including representatives from local military health care organizations—the event brought together a group of dedicated healthcare professionals as accomplished as it was diverse.

“Alvarado Hospital is proud of our nine 2009 San Diego Healthcare Champion Finalists for their spirit of innovation and dedication to patient care—helping to ensure that our hospital provides advanced medicine and personalized care to San Diegans and beyond,” said Harris Koenig, CEO of Alvarado Hospital. “We join the San Diego Business Journal in recognizing the significant impact these individuals have made on health care in our community.”

Alvarado Hospital Physician Champions:

Advanced Spine Institute at Alvarado Hospital Physicians

Dr. Rob Bei, emergency medicine

Dr. Kevin Kelly, emergency medicine

Alvarado Hospital Innovation and Research Champions:

Dr. Irwin Goldstein, sexual medicine

Dr. Brian Weeks, otolaryngology

Alvarado Hospital Nurse Champion:

Peggy Tilley, director, medical/surgical services

Alvarado Hospital Healthcare Staff Champions:

Cathi Foley, RN, employee health services

Steve Keller, physical therapy

Alvarado Hospital Community Outreach Champion:

Betty Gossett, volunteer services

Three of our champions received additional recognition as special Honorees:

Dr. Rob Bei, Cathi Foley, RN, and the physicians of the Advanced Spine Institute