Plaza Health Network Honors the 2015 Women of Distinction & Caring Luncheon

Elaine Bloom, President & CEO of Plaza Health Network, and
Ronald Lowy, Chairman of the Board, with 2015 Honorees:
Toby Ansin, Marile Lopez, Trish Bell and Dr. Ora Lea Strickland
(Not Pictured: Roberta Orlen Chaplin)

Former Honoree Sonja Zuckerman
accepting the award on behalf of
Roberta Orlen Chaplin, with Ilene Zweig,
Executive Director Plaza Health Network Foundation

Over 350 community leaders gathered together to celebrate and honor the volunteer service, professional achievements, and philanthropy of five exceptional women at the recent 2015 Women of Distinction & Caring Luncheon. Held in the Jungle Island Tree Top Ballroom, the day's festivities included a silent auction and art to wear boutiques, a lavish lunch and a surprise musical performance by the budding opera star, Roberto Iarussi. Proceeds from the luncheon will support the Foundation's ongoing effort to deliver life-improving and innovative experiences for residents and patients of the Plaza Health Network's award winning rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers, as well as the H.E.L.P (Health Education Learning Program) for seniors living in the community.

The 2015 Honorees were:
  • Toby Ansin, Founder of Miami City Ballet
  • Trish Bell, Chair Emeritus Chapman Partnership and Co-Chair Patricia and Phillip Frost Frost Museum of Science
  • Roberta Orlen Chaplin, ardent supporter of the Roberta Orlen Chaplin Digital Breast Imaging Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Marile Lopez, Board Chair of Miami Children's Hospital Foundation
  • Dr. Ora Lea Strickland, Ph.D, RN, Dean and Professor at the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University

    About Plaza Health Network
    Plaza Health Network is the largest not-for-profit network of rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities in Miami-Dade County. Services include but are not limited to, post-operative care and rehabilitation, stroke care and rehabilitation, diabetes care and management, Alzheimer's care, wound care, and orthopedic rehabilitation therapy.

    The Plaza Health Network Foundation plays a critical role in the South Florida community. For the network, the Foundation supports innovative experiences for residents and patients beyond the primary needs covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Through outreach and health education programs, the Foundation answers the questions that so many families have about care for their aging loved ones.

    "A civilization is judged by how it cares for its elderly."

  • Deborah Posner, Josephine Baker, Linda Gibb, Kathy Simkins,
    former Honoree Thelma Gibson; Seated: former Honoree Sonja Zuckerman

    Former Honorees Rosy Cancela
    and Thelma Gibson

    Elaine Bloom, Russell & Ronalee Galbut
    and Marissa Galbut

    Dan & Trish Bell

    Rachel Schuster, Candace & David Muhlrad,
    and Gracy Weberman

    Joanna Barusch and Joann Silva

    Alejandro Elies with Dr. Diane Sanders

    Toby Ansin, Sanford Evans and Stephanie Ansin

    Jennifer Boin and Melanie Cohen

    Former Honoree Raphael Bastian, Rosy Cancela, Sallie Byrd
    and Joanna Barusch

    Rita Wilder, Dan & Trish Bell and Gillian Thomas

    Trish Bell with Nancy Batchelor

    Lorraine Greenberg and
    David Greenberg

    Mary Rosenberg, Ivette Mortino, Marlene Berg, Anna Britti
    and Donna Lyons

    Doctors Toby and Frances Berman

    Alice Fisher with Gilka Kay

    Ronald Lowy, Elizabeth Cook and Elissa Cook

    Risa Ruvin, Ronalee Galbut and Joan Brent

    Maria Elena Fuentes, Jorge Luis & Marile Lopez

    Valerie De Rocca, Dr. Ann-Lynn Denker,
    Chief Clinical Officer of Plaza Health Network,
    and Rabbi Marc Phillipe

    Althea Peck, Judy Welsh, Helen Briggle and Celia Wallace

    Josephine Baker, Sonja Zuckerman, Harvey Ruvin and Marlene Berg

    John Quinn, Elaine Bloom, Dorothy St. Jean,
    former Honoree Bunny Bastian and Guest

    Dan & Trish Bell, Joy Wallace and Rolando Rodriguez

    Hildine Potashnick, Harriet Shapiro, Barbara Rubin and Betty Brandt

    ECCOLAB Group

    Plaza Health Network Administrators: Rachel Schuster, South Pointe Plaza; Heidi Tucker, Sinai Plaza;
    Desiree Sebastian, Ponce Plaza; Lury Ow, Jackson Plaza; Barry Preter, Arch Plaza;
    Nelly Nunez, University Plaza; and Renee Lebon, Aventura Plaza.

    Dan & Trish Bell and Guests

    Jorge & Marile Lopez and Guests

    Seated: Peggy Armaly, Josephine Baker, Sonja Zuckerman, Ellie Trotter and Barbara Rubin;
    Standing: Marilyn Fellman, Betty Brandt, Martha, and Hildine Postashnick

    Bloom family and Guests