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St. Luke's 14th Annual 'Night of Heroes' Honoring State Trooper Seth Kelly & Caregivers
September 21, 2018

Patients Honored, First Responders and Trauma Team Recognized.

Two patient heroes were honored at the fourteenth annual St. Luke’s Night of Heroes celebration, along with the more than 100 caregiver heroes who helped make their recoveries possible.                                                                                         

State Trooper Seth Kelly was shot while on duty in Northampton County on the morning of November 7th, 2017.  He underwent CPR on the road and was flown to St. Luke’s with life threatening injuries. On arrival to St. Luke’s he was found to have severe blood loss that required emergent interventions in the trauma bay. He was then rushed to the operating room for multiple surgical procedures. After a 3 week course, with multiple complications, Trooper Kelly was discharged to home. He is currently back at work and living happily with his wife, Philomena and their dog, Murphy.

Nancy Arnold was involved in a car crash in New York on April 28th 2018, after attending the confirmation of one of her grandchildren. The Bethlehem resident sustained injuries to her spleen, spine, ribs and pelvis.  After 48 hours at an outside hospital, it was recognized that she needed a higher level of care. She was flown to St. Luke’s hospital, where she was immediately taken to the Operating Room, to evacuate and control bleeding.  After 17 days in the hospital and 2 weeks in rehabilitation she was discharged home. She is currently living at home with her husband Paul and back to babysitting their grandchildren.

For the past 14 years, St. Luke’s has honored both patients and caregivers at Night of Heroes. The event celebrates the caregivers who everyday dedicate themselves to saving lives, and the patients who beat the odds to survive. Each year two patients’ families tell their stories through a video presentation, and members of the trauma team who touched these patients’ lives are recognized and honored for their skill and dedication. 

A Night of Heroes hosted over 800 attendees, including more than 100 heroes. Key sponsors of the event included The Surgeons of St. Luke’s Orthopedic Care; Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at St. Luke’s, and Service Electric Cable TV and Communications.

In a highly anticipated and suspenseful presentation, the prestigious Martin Cohen Trauma Humanitarian, Charles D. Saunders Dedication to Trauma and William “Billy” Guth Trauma EMS awards were announced live.

Listed below are the 2018 Heroes Award recipients (listed by hometown): 


              Sharon Mixa


              Dana Ehret

              Ashley Getz

Rebecca Gilbert

              Karen Graffman

              Girma Hundie

              Vincent King

              Alexandra Martinez

              Humberto Ortiz

              Sumit Patel

              Christopher Sellers

              Sandra Tognoli

              Cadence Yeatman


Gilberto Quinones, Jr


              Jessica Marks


Kimberly Bauer


James Balshi

Susan Caraballo

Gregory Carolan

Janice T. Concilio

Sr. Judith Filorimo

Jamie Gerhard

Kathleen Gould

Linda Hunsicker

Linda Kravchik

Karen Lovell

Morgan Lukievics

Brandy Mann

Shawn Martinez

Timothy Mooney

Charles Nitzschle

Rebecca Rasuson

Kemp Renninger

Tracey Ritter

Jose Rivera

Kerri Schneebeli

Jake Schroeder

Nadia Smith

Richard Snyder

Susan Specht

Andrew Threesfeld

Mihn Tran

Center Valley

Kimberly Jegel Chaput

Guhan Rammohan


              Thomas Maloney


Robert deQuevedo II

Suzanne Focht

Johna Grabusky

Justin Howe

Eusun Lee

Christopher Roscher

Jonathon Rutkauskas

Dean Tyrell


              Bryan Mehalick


Jenna Hartrum

Tony Xia


              Patricia Vaughan

Flemington, NJ

              Elizabeth Garlick

Fountain Hill

              Keith Morris

              Samantha Wolfe

Greeneville, DE

              Katherine Stull 


Sheri Floyd

Rodrigue Fontem

Emily Heintzelman

Amy Kares


              Matt Russo


              Kelsey Miller     

Moorestown, NJ

Hugh O'Donnell

Nashville, TN

              Ronnie Mubang


J. Andrew Dziewit

Eric Tesorero

Todd Young

Newport News, VA

              Dawn Brown


Lori Laros

Northampton County Emergency Management Services

              Chad Marsh


              Susan Dubow

              Katie Fry

Pen Argyl

              Katelyn Getz

PennStar Flight

              Julie Albertson

              Jamie Hallahan

              Duke Lindsay

              Frank Lockwood

              Rachel Matchette

              Jesse Rehus


Brian Kelly

Phillipsburg, NJ

              Patricia Marino

Plainfield Township Fire

              Derek Flavelle

              James McCammon

Port Carbon

William Anthony


              Kiesha Kelly


              Anna Hess


              Diane Staskowski


              Taylor Sullivan


              David Berger

              Howard Schwartz

              Jeremy Slack

              Jason Steranko


              Adrienne Mazur


              Caitlin Puccio


The Night of Heroes concept began in 2005 at St. Luke’s. It was initiated by trauma surgeon James Cipolla, MD, and his wife, Dawn.


Media Contact:

Sam Kennedy, Corporate Communications Director, 484-526-4134, samuel.kennedy@sluhn.org

About St. Luke’s

Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 14,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient sites.  With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 10 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe and Schuylkill counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.  Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania.  In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first and only regional medical school campus.  It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 28 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 226 residents and fellows.  St. Luke’s is the only health care system in central-eastern Pennsylvania to earn Medicare’s five-star rating (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.  St. Luke’s has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics) repeatedly – six times total and four years in a row including 2018.  It has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program.  Utilizing the EPIC electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information.  St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.