The first member of the Journal Record Hall of Heroes honored

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Dr. Luz Helena Tono, left, has been named to the Journal Record Hall of Heroes, an honor reserved for people who have won Health Care Hero awards for three years. Associate Editor Sarah Barrow, right, presented Tono with her 2022 Health Care Hero Medal on March 22 at a celebratory event where 28 winners were recognized. (Diary Record Photo)

Dr. Luz Helena Tono became the first Log record Healthcare Heroes inducted into the Hall of Heroes, an honor reserved for three-time Healthcare Heroes winners.

Tono, along with 27 other members of the Class of 2022 Healthcare Heroes, were celebrated at a reception held at the Oklahoma History Center on March 22. To salute this year’s winners, more than 150 guests joined main sponsor CVS Health; floral partner/sponsor The Meinders Foundation and reception sponsors BOK Financial, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Health Alliance for the Uninsured, Oklahoma ER & Hospital, Oklahoma Primary Care Association, Optimal Health Associates and SSM Health/St. Anthony at the gala.

Dr. Dale Bratzler of the University of Oklahoma and OU Health delivered the program’s keynote address.

Log record Health Care Heroes started in 2020 and has become an annual recognition. Dr. Tono has won in the physician category for three consecutive years. She is Deputy Chief of PCP Outreach at SSM Health/St. Anthony and volunteers as a doctor for Jesus Ministries. She is also a volunteer medical director for the YWCA SANE and DVNE programs and is a member of CASA and GAL.

Tono graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Universidad del Sinu in Cartagena, Colombia and completed her internship at the Militar Central Hospital in Bogota, Colombia. She moved to the United States in 2006. Her university was not recognized there, so she worked diligently to get the school accredited, which allowed her to pass her board exams and then complete her residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

The OU Health Sciences Center presented Dr. Tono with an award for her higher education, and she also received the Physician Recognition Award from the American Academy of Medicine. In 2019, she was named among Log recording‘s Fifty Making a Difference winners.

Applications for Log recordingThe fourth batch of Health Care Heroes will open on April 23 on www.journalrecord.com. Categories include Animal Care, COVID Champion, First Responder, Health Care Innovation, Nurse, Physician, and Professional. Self-nominations are accepted.

Winner selections will be made in early 2023, with a celebratory event and commemorative magazine to follow. For more information about the Health Care Heroes program, contact Sarah Barrow, Associate Editor, at [email protected]

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