Yale New Haven honors the “best of the best”

They’re a modest bunch, but on Oct. 17, the 16 people chosen as Yale New Haven Heroes enjoyed a well-deserved moment in the spotlight in front of coworkers, supervisors, hospital leaders and family and friends.

“I am truly humbled to be with you, because you are the best of the best,” Marna Borgstrom, YNHHS CEO, said during the Heroes reception in the 55 Park St. auditorium. The 16 Heroes, who work in different roles and departments, were chosen from more than 180 nominations submitted by managers and colleagues. Borgstrom read from those nominations before presenting the awards with Richard D’Aquila, YNHHS president.

Since 2006, the Heroes program has recognized employees, physicians and volunteers who embody the health system’s values and go above and beyond to exemplify the Standards of Professional Behavior every day in interactions with patients, clients, colleagues and visitors.

Framed photos of the Heroes, along with their stories, hang in locations throughout Yale New Haven.


Congratulations to the seventh class of Heroes:

  • Camille Brown, MD, attending physician, Pediatric Primary Care Center
  • Helen Chen, constant companion, Nursing Resource Pool
  • Douglas DeGray, environmental services aide, Environmental Services
  • Nancy Edgington, clinical social worker, Social Work Transplant Services
  • Susan Falbo-MacConnie, RN, nurse, Surgery (SLA 2)
  • Christina Giannelli, senior manager, Financial Planning, Finance
  • Annette Greene, information associate, Emergency Department
  • Danielle Huseman, RN, manager, Office of Nursing Excellence
  • Tylisa Cosby, clinical facilitator, Heart and Vascular Center
  • Ellen Liskov, clinical dietitian, Food and Nutrition Services
  • Dathan MacDonald, RN, nurse, Daily Operations Pool
  • Chazz McCarter, patient transport associate, Patient Transport
  • Elizabeth Panza, volunteer, Volunteer Services
  • Argenis Rodriguez, patient care associate, Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • William Vaught, cook, Food and Nutrition Services
  • Ebony Wright, RN, assistant patient service manager, Yale