Healthcare Hero

Sunstate Federal Credit Union would like to thank and recognize local doctors, nurses, first responders, technicians and others as a 98.5 KTK Healthcare Hero. Please complete the form below and listen for us to share Healthcare Hero stories weekday mornings around 7:52 with the 98.5 KTK Morning Show.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020: CNAs

I would like to recognize all of my fellow C.N.A.'s. Wether you work at the hospitals, Nursing facilities or, like myself and my fellow Visiting Angels work taking care four vulnerable clients at home. C.N.A.'s are always on the frontline of patient/client care. We are all "angels". Stay safe all "Angels".

Submitted by: Melinda Grant

Monday, April 27, 2020: Kathleen Rios

Kathleen Rios and all her colleagues in the Respiratory Department at UF Health Shands Hospital Kathy is my wife and a very conscientious and dedicated Respiratory Care Tech on the 3rd shift. She is a great mother to our two children as well. She is always making sure to try to decontaminate as much as possible so as not to bring anything home to her family. It has been extra trying for her, since her father is fighting cancer and she has not been able to hug or hold him because of the risk of giving him COVID-19. She has been my hero before this happened and she will continue to be after this has passed. Thank you for everything Kathy. 

Submitted by: Carlos Osuna

Friday, April 24, 2020: Scott Wenger

My healthcare Hero is Scott. He currently is in charge of all employee testing for the COVID-19 testing at NFRMC and it’s a big job that takes up to 12 hours a day! Not only does he make sure employees get the results back as soon as possible with instructions on what to do during the test waiting period and if it comes back positive, he is constantly looking at new tests measures as we learn more about the virus.  He does all of this with compassion, professionalism and while doing his regular job duties at the hospital.  It is true that not all heroes wear capes.  Scott is truly one of the many unsung heroes keeping our community safe during coronavirus.  Thank you!

Submitted by: Chris Wenger

Thursday, April 23, 2020: Dr. Edward Mayo
Edward Mayo, D.O. has been a staff anesthesiologist at NFRMC since 2003 following completion of his residency at UF Shands. An active member of Envision Physician Services and NFRMC's group of 18 Anesthesiologists and 28 nurse anesthetists, he is also on the faculty of the University of Central Florida  as an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology  and is actively engaged in the training of Anesthesiology residents. He has served on several hospital medical staff committees and his clinical skills and experience are held in the highest regard.

Submitted by: Gary Gillette

Wednesday, April 22, 2020: Courtney Mcguire

My fiancé Courtney Mcguire is a Cardiovascular ICU nurse at Shands. She's been there for 3 years and works with so many nurses equally as great as she is. They care for sickest patients in that hospital.  I want to say THANK YOU to all of them for risking so much so that others can be with their loved ones while you spend 12 hours in isolation and PPE. You are serving your country like only you qualified individuals can. Also thank you to all the support staff at Shands that helps them be safe. It's the nurses that get it done.

Submitted by: Bill Rodriguez-Cayro

Tuesday, April 21, 2020: Jake Zinn

My husband, Jake, is a delivery driver and technician for ROTECH (oxygen and medical supplies). Jake has been the only driver/technician working during the COVID19 outbreak. He drives all over Florida for deliveries and in the least 2 weeks has has worked approximately 125 hours. He very much enjoys taking care of his patients. I hope and pray he stays super safe! We love you, Jake!! SHANNON AND CALEB!!

Submitted by: Shannon Zinn

Monday, April 20, 2020: Tri-County Nursing Home

I want to shout out to our team here at Tri-County Nursing Home. Our staff are going above and beyond for the residents we have here to help them through this difficult time where they are unable to see their families and friends that are normally able to visit.
The staff have been so kind and caring and continue to risk their lives on a daily basis. Thank you to all of our CNA's, nurses, therapy staff, dietary staff, housekeeping staff, and administrative staff for all you do.

Submitted by: Kristen Gaddis

Friday, April 17, 2020: White Glove Medical Transport

I wanna shout out to my team! White Glove Medical Transport. My drivers are transporting COVID 19 patients, they are on the front lines and people forget that. They still treat everyone of our patients like they are family, doesn't matter if it's a COVID 19, Hospice or even a hospital discharge! We are low on supplies but that doesn't stop them! Michelle,Shawn,Jared, Keith,Sean,Bill,Rich. Y'all rock and Thank you.
Submitted by: Elizabeth McGinty


Thursday, April 16, 2020: Teresa at Dr. Chris Sullivan office

I would like to recognize Teresa at Dr. Chris Sullivan office. She has gone well above and beyond for there patient's. We were in the office this week and as soon as we entered the front door she came around and sat us in the back. She informed me she would be right back and went to wash the front entrance door and clean the receptionist area I just entered through then came back to finish our vitals. After we saw the Doctor, Teresa walked me back to the vital desk instead of to the check out area & scheduled my visit then walked us out the back door. She made us feel so comfortable and didn't skip a beat and made sure we were all safe during our visit. While we were waiting for the doctor I heard a patient explain she had no toiletries or mask and was completely upset and was to afraid to back into the stores due to her age. After a few minutes I heard the patient say in a high emotional voice Thank you so much. Prior to our leaving Teresa gave the patient some toilet paper and her mask. Thank you to everyone that works in the Field of Medicine and Thank you again for a smooth office visit Teresa.

Submitted by: Beatrice

Wednesday, April 15, 2020: Anthony Sanchez

My son Anthony Sanchez is a technician in the surgical department. He works in Shands Hospital. He has performed this job for 18 years. He has dedicated his time to those patients in needs. He works five days a week. Twelve hours each day from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am. He is a father of two beautiful girls. Currently he can’t come in contact with his family. He is my hero. He love the job of helping other people even his life is at risk.

Submitted by: Maria Agostini

Tuesday, April 14, 2020: Dr. Amit Rawal

My health care hero is Dr. Amit Rawal of the NFRMC ER.  Dr. Rawal has been serving our community as an ER doctor for over 10 years.  Dr. Rawal is also the Medical Director of Air Methods Air Ambulance Service and Medical Director of Alachua and Levy Counties EMS services.  Dr. Rawal works tirelessly under normal circumstances, but in this time of severe stress on our medical community Dr. Rawal has truly been a healthcare hero.  Thank you to Dr. Rawal for all that you do!

Submitted by: Karen Gillette

Monday, April 13, 2020: UF Ortho

I am in the healthcare and work at shands UF ORTHO I would like to give a big shout out to all the healthcare workers at Shand's and the long hours they have been putting in. I would like to say a big thanks to all the upper management at UF ortho for making mask for all the employees here and making sure we are safe I hope you can give a big shout out to everyone in the healthcare, It is hard to name that one person, cause in the long run we all make sure that we try out best to make sure everyone is safe no matter what job they do and that we are all one. Again thank you Shand's and the UF Orthro.

Submitted by: Winna Howard

Friday, April 10, 2020: Dr. Gary Gilette

My health care hero is my husband and North Florida ER doctor/medical director Gary Gillette.  He always works tirelessly for his patients and the ER staff but during this stressful time...he has been working even harder.  Keeping as many people as possible healthy and safe is always his first concern...that along with giving quality care to the patients and families that come to the North Florida ER.  He has worked at North Florida for over 16 years being the ER medical director almost that entire time. 

Thursday, April 9, 2020: staff of Nurse On Call Home Health

I am nominating all the field clinicians working for Nurse On Call Home Health.  We have nurses, Physical Therapists & assistants, Occupational Therapists & assistants, Speech Therapists, Social Workers and home health aides who are on the road, seeing patients in their own homes, every day, so these patients don't have to stay in any type of inpatient facility.

Many, MANY thanks to all of you out there on the front lines!  Please know that all of us who would normally work in the office greatly appreciate all of you, way more than you know!!!  Thank you all.

Submitted by: Anne Mullis

Wednesday, April 8, 2020: Leslie Clarke

My mother (Leslie Clarke) is an advanced registered nurse practitioner and has worked in healthcare for 24 years. She currently works in infectious disease. Right now she is working with some of the cases of COVID-19 In Ocala. she goes into the airborn isolation rooms to take care of these patient she currently can’t come in contact with family. The hospital she works at in Ocalla had ran out of PPE gear personal protection equipment and was having nurses were garbage bags. Thank goodness my mom saved up some supplies over the years so she could protect herself. My mom is truly a hero.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020: The Ashraf Family

We are so proud of our children.  We have six children. Several have went into the medical field.

  • Shawna Ashraf is a Haven Hospice Nurse- her compassion and love for a job I could never handle, amazes me everyday.
  • Our son Wally Ashraf,  works at North Florida In the OR.
  • Our daughter Tahira Ashraf is a new LPN. What a time to begin your career!

We say a prayer for them along with other healthcare, first responders, etc.

May they stay safe!

Submitted by:  Debby Ashraf

Monday, April 6, 2020: Christina Gevaras

Christina Gevaras is an RN at Ocala Regional in the ER for 5 years. A single mother of three boys. Working around the clock to help her patients. she is taking a risk with her life and her family, she still makes her patients comfortable and brings smiles to their room. The world needs more Christina’s. Thank you for your hard work!

Submitted by: Derrick Mack

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