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St. Luke's 15th Annual Night of Heroes
September 23, 2019

Patients Honored, First Responders and Trauma Team Recognized.

Two patient heroes were honored at the 15th annual St. Luke’s Night of Heroes celebration, along with the more than 100 caregiver heroes who helped make their recoveries possible.                                                                                        

  1. Cody Keifer was involved in a horrific car crash on Rte. 611 in Ottsville, Pennsylvania.  He was rushed to St. Luke’s University Level 1 Trauma Center where he was found to have an aortic transection along with severe injuries to his pelvis, liver, spleen, right kidney and right leg. He also sustained a traumatic brain injury. After four operations to repair his aorta and multiple fractures and two weeks in the hospital, he was discharged to the St. Luke’s Acute Rehabilitation Center. After successfully completing rehab, he returned home and has since returned to work.
    Cody’s story: https://vimeo.com/362539241


  2. Kyle Lauck was riding in a van on a Mountain Road in Milford, New Jersey, when he was struck in the face by a piece of industrial equipment.  He sustained severe damage to his neck and face and was flown to St. Luke’s University Level 1 Trauma Center where he was immediately taken to the operating room. He required two operations to repair the damage to his neck and facial bones and was also found to have a shearing injury of his brain.  He spent one week in the ICU and was eventually discharged to brain rehabilitation on hospital day No. 14. He was able to return home to celebrate Christmas with his family and has since returned to work.
    Kyle’s story: https://vimeo.com/362539514


Dr. Brian Hoey with patient Kyle Lauck, and Cody Keifer with his physician Dr. Stephen Olenchock

For the past 15 years, St. Luke’s has honored both patients and caregivers at Night of Heroes. This event, attended by nearly 800 people, celebrates the caregivers who every day dedicate themselves to saving lives, and the patients who have overcome adversity to survive. Each year two patients’ families tell their stories through a video presentation, and members of the pre-hospital and trauma teams who touched these patients’ lives are recognized and honored for their skill and dedication.

Listed below are the 2019 Heroes Award recipients:

Hunterdon Medical Center Paramedics

Kathleen Honeywell

Karl Schoener


Millford Holland Rescue                

Ryan Hodkey



NorthSTAR Air Medical

Michael Carrig

Jason Jorgensen

Tyson Mowry

Marie O'Donnell


Ottsville Volunteer Fire Company            

Tanner Chilson

James Keogh

Tom MacFarlan

Fred Marschewski

Keith Milligan

Robert Milligan

Elijah Mullaney

David Ramsden

William Shick

Beth Whitman


Phillipsburg Rescue       

Mark Feci

Blaise Strausser


Point Pleasant-Plumsteadville EMS         

Dominic Cardone

Jeremy Langnese


Upper Bucks Regional EMS, Inc.

Kevin Gallich

Matthew Keiper


St. Luke’s             

Alex Alers

William Anthony

Dale Brown

Janessa Capozzolo

Miranda Carter

Michele Coleman

Adam Colombo

Jason Davis

Kendra Davis

William G. De Long,Jr.,

Shannon DeReamus


Madonna Dirocco

Lucian Dumitru

Edgar Fernandez

Sr. Judith Filorimo

Kathryn Frace

Cristina Garcia

Jacalyn Garzillo

Brett Geller

Katelyn Getz

Abigail   Gotsch

Sheila Hartzell

Tara Huber

Girma Hundie

Holli Marie Johnson

Amy Kares

Christine Kehoe

Monica Kerecman

Laura Koons

Paula A. Krzemien

Katie Leighton

Cynthia Lentini

Kathleen Lodewick

James Longenbach

Patricia Marino

Brie Marks

Tyler Matthews

Alyssa Miller

Anthony Moon

Sarah Morales

Ashley Napolitano

Hugh O'Donnell

Stephen A. Olenchock, Jr.

Beth Ortiz

Leonard Paparo

Lauren Paulshock

Lauren Price

Rebecca Rasmuson

Michael Ringold

Carolin Rodriguez

Christopher R. Roscher

Melissa Rusk

Jonathan T. Rutkauskas

Kathy Sahaydak

Philip Salen

Maurice Salim

Wayne Saunders

Amber Schlosser

Jake T.    Schroeder

Pallav Shah

Brandon Shearer

Jacqueline Sodano

Cynthia Surovi

Debra  Vazquez

Benjamin P. Watchous

Kathy Weber

Davis Willmann

Joseph Wong

Lynda Yocum

Todd Young


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 15,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and 300 outpatient sites.  With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 11 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuylkill and Luzerne 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 Lehigh Valley’s first and only regional medical school campus.  It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 34 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 263 residents and fellows.  St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system with Medicare’s five- and four-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.  St. Luke’s is both a Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades Top Hospital and a Newsweek World’s Best Hospital.  In 2019, three of IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals were St. Luke’s hospitals.  St. Luke’s University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health seven times total and five years in a row. St. Luke’s 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.