A total of $10,000 will be awarded to healthcare heroes for representing the best in patient experience as ImageFIRST Healthcare Laundry Specialists launches nationwide voting for its second annual HeroesFIRST Contest – where ImageFIRST associates recognise exceptional Healthcare Heroes who go above and beyond to enhance the patient experience. Voting is open to the public 3-21 October at  

Ten finalists will receive $500 and the five finalists with the most votes in each region will be awarded an additional $1,000 grand prize, for a total of $10,000 awarded to the Heroes.  

ImageFIRST is honouring those in the healthcare field who have gone above and beyond, even in the face of adversity, to positively impact the lives of their patients.  

“The healthcare professionals our associates connect with each day are a constant source of inspiration for us. Our Service Vision is to create a positive moment with every interaction,” states Jim Cashman, president and CEO of ImageFIRST. “The HeroesFIRST contest has been a great way to live out that Vision– brightening their day with a nomination as we recognize our customers for the positive impact they have on their patients’ experiences. We are honored to recognize these Heroes.” 

The Service Team at ImageFIRST submitted inspiring stories about exceptional Healthcare Heroes at the facilities that they serve, and after receiving over 450 nominations, it was narrowed down to a top ten. These ten individuals are now featured on ImageFIRST’s contest website for a nationwide vote. The finalists include:  

Susan Alexander, The Reading Hospital SurgiCenter at Spring Ridge in Reading, PA (Northeast) 

Lisa Malzone, Advanced Vascular Associates in Morristown, NJ (Northeast) 

Brenda Peters, Volusia Endoscopy & Surgery Center in Ormond Beach, FL (Southeast) 

Robin Hutto, SKI Vascular Center in Peoria, AZ (Southeast) 

Amy Howe, Midwest Surgery Center in Woodbury, MN (Midwest) 

Katherine Lunn, North Shore Surgical Suites in Pleasant Prairie, WI (Midwest) 

Patricia Divers, Baylor Scott & White Surgicare Centennial in Frisco, TX (Southwest) 

Etha Weems, Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Newnan, GA (Southwest) 

Nancy Aragon, Murrieta Valley Surgery Center in Wildomar, CA (West) 

Ginny Ogle, Pacific Medical Ambulatory Surgical Center in Seattle, WA (West) 

Now, until 21 October, the public can cast their vote for the local Healthcare Hero that inspires them the most. Following the nationwide vote, the top finalist with the most votes in each U.S. region (5) will be awarded a $1,500 grand prize. The remaining finalists (5) will each receive $500 for their remarkable work. 

To learn more about each finalist and cast a vote, visit Voting closes on 21 October at 11:59 p.m. EST. Limit one vote per user.