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Bradford Regional Medical Center to honor leaders at annual gala

Posted on: 02/11/2016

printed in The Bradford Era - 2/12/16

The Bradford Regional Medical Center will hold its sixth annual Spring Swing Gala April 9 at the Pennhills Club in Bradford, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

 

The 2016 dinner dance will honor physician family honorees Dr. Luis C. Gonzalez and his wife, Andrea; Julie A. Marasco, Northwest region president; and Northwest, who will receive the Excellence in Philanthropy Awards.  

 

Dr. Gonzalez, chief of surgery at BRMC, came to Bradford in 1996 with his wife and family and has made quite an impression to the hospital and community alike; not only for his surgical competency but also for his sense of humor and bedside manner that brings out the best in everyone. Andrea Gonzalez oversees the day to day business of her husband’s busy surgical practice and serves as his business partner.

 

“Together they have demonstrated great concern for this community with their philanthropic support for BRMC and many other worthy non-profits in Bradford,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System, BRMC and BRMC Foundation president. “Luis is a seasoned physician leader who now serves on the hospital system’s board and is treasurer of the BRMC Medical Group.”  

 

Andrea Gonzalez continues to be involved with Relay for Life, St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, and together they have served in Peru doing mission work. They have two sons, Carlos, advertising sales account director at Complex Media in New York City, and Daniel, a medical student at the University of St. Georges. Both are Penn State University alumni.

 

Marasco is a great professional example for the community and an exemplary leader in the Northwest system and Bradford community. On behalf of Northwest, she has been instrumental in bringing serious philanthropy to BRMC over the past 25 years and her additional influence of Northwest philanthropy includes the Bradford Area School District Foundation, Beacon Light, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, McKean County CARE for Children, Bradford Area United Way, annual Big 30 Charities Classic and the development of the Pine Street Bridge in Bradford. She began her career with Northwest in 1977 and has advanced as a senior corporate leader. She is a valuable asset and her business acumen serves as an integral part of Northwest, where she oversees the growth of the bank’s financial market in 17 counties in northwestern Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board, the Bradford Area Alliance and the Neighborhood Partnership Project. She is a long standing member of BRMC’s Community Relations Committee and past campaign chairwoman, along with her husband, Bob, of the annual Bradford United Way Campaign. Marasco represented Northwest as a founding member of Leadership McKean, was the Chamber of Commerce’s Business Person of the Year in 2008 and the YWCA Woman’s Leader in 2013. She and her husband have a daughter, Madison, who is a graduate student at Chatham University in Pittsburgh.

 

Northwest Bank, founded in 1896 in Bradford, has served as a community leader and neighbor for over 120 years of demonstrated service to Bradford and the region. Forbes ranked Northwest one of America’s Top 50 most trustworthy financial companies in 2009, 2012, and 2014. This trusted institution with award winning customer service, as evidenced by their “ranked highest in customer satisfaction” in the Mid-Atlantic Region, has a hometown tradition of “taking care of its own.” Northwest delivers personalized and friendly service, and their generosity is known throughout the region.

 

“It’s clear that their leaders have the right vision to make communities more sustainable. Their commitment to healthcare here demonstrates that vision,” Finan said.

 

“The BRMC Foundation congratulates this year’s and previous awardees. We are most pleased with the ongoing philanthropy that has benefitted BRMC through this wonderful evening. The evening is possible because of the capable UAHS leadership and, in particular, Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO and his team. This important undertaking, while recognizing the extraordinary contribution of our honorees, continues to provide much needed funding for critical updates and resources for BRMC,” said James E. O’Mara, chairman of the BRMC Foundation.

 

Bradford Hospital Foundation board member, Harvey Golubock, will again serve as emcee for the evening.

 

Event sponsors include Zippo Manufacturing Co., American Refining Group, Northwest, The O’Mara Group, BRMC medical staff, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kessel/Kessel Construction and the Bradford Hospital Auxiliary.

 

Previous honorees include Edward S. Konwinski, M.D., Shell Appalachia, Robin A. Grouette, Harry and Kay Halloran of Halloran Philanthropies and the American Refining Group, Roger R. Laroche, M.D., medical director of Behavioral Health Services at BRMC, George Blaisdell Duke of Zippo Manufacturing Company, Anil G. Pradhan, M.D., Zenaide S. Still, M. Javed Akhtar, M.D., the Rev. Leo J. Gallina, and Widad E. Bazzoui, M.D.

 

Interested parties can contact the Bradford Regional Medical Center Foundation at 814/362-3200.

 

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