Urgent Care Foundation Awards

Urgent Care Foundation Award recipients are recognized each year during the annual Urgent Care Foundation Awards Ceremony, which takes place during the Urgent Care Convention & Expo. More information about the 2022 Foundation Celebration, including ticket prices, can be found  HERE. 

2020-2022 Award recipients will be recognized at this year's Awards Ceremony.


2022 Urgent Care Foundation Award Recipients

2022 Lifetime Award Winners



Richard Park, MD, led the UCA Board as President from 2019 to 2020, and has been a member of the Urgent Care Association since 2005. Dr. Park earned his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In 2010, Dr. Park founded CityMD with Physician Partners, and served as CEO for over 11 years. Under his tenure, CityMD grew to over 50 locations in the New York Metro area dedicated to serving kindness. Dr. Park is most recently co-founder of Ascend Partners, a healthcare focused private equity partnership. In addition, he has continuously served his community with roles including Board of Trustees Member for the New York Academy of Medicine, City Health Works Board Member (Harlem, NY), and co-editor of McGraw-Hill's Intensive Review of Emergency Medicine.



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Laurel Stoimenoff, PT, CHC, served as UCA’s CEO from 2017 to 2020. Laurel has long been involved with UCA, including serving as Chair of the Urgent Care Foundation, UCA Board member and officer, Co-Chair of the Accreditation & Certification Committee, Chair of Health & Public Policy and Payer Relations, and an active member of the Benchmarking, Nominating and Finance Committees. She is on the editorial Board of the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine. Laurel also served the public in two consecutive terms as a Governor-appointed member of the Arizona Physical Therapy Board of Examiners, including President of the Board. Before joining UCA, Laurel was a founder and Principal of Continuum Health Solutions, LLC, a consulting company focusing on the urgent care and outpatient rehabilitation industries. Laurel also served over seven years in executive positions at NextCare Urgent Care. NextCare grew from 9 to 57 Clinics and 5 on-site employer locations during her tenure.


2022 Becky Burress Unsung Hero Award Winner

Dee Chapman

Dee Chapman spent the last 25 years of her life working for Abbott, formerly Alere. She fell in love with the Urgent Care market and the people associated 8 years ago. She was a huge advocate for her Customers, who quickly became her friends. Her tenacious attitude and drive helped her become one of the most successful and influential people in the industry. Dee was a shining star always in search of excellence. She attended the UCA Clinical Symposium in her last few weeks as work was one of the things that gave her life. She leaves behind a husband, daughter, son, daughter in law, son in law, and 3 beautiful grandchildren. From the friends she made, to the colleagues she inspired, her UCA memories will live on for years to come. She will be missed greatly, but her legacy and greatness will never be forgotten.

2021 Urgent Care Foundation Award Recipient

2021 Lifetime Award Winner

Sean M McNeeley

Sean M. McNeeley, MD, FCUCM, received his medical degree from the former Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. A Board Certified Family Physician he has worked urgent care in some capacity since obtaining his medical license in 1997. Dr. McNeeley is currently the Medical Director for University Hospitals Urgent Care Network home of UCAOA’s first urgent care fellowship program. A Clinical Instructor, in the Department of Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, he has been teaching fellows, residents, medical and other healthcare related students his entire career. Dr. McNeeley is also a founding board member the Board of Certification of Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM), a founding board member of the Urgent Care College of Physicians, sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine (JUCM). He served on the UCA Board in various roles, including Education Committee Chair, Treasurer and President from 2018 to 2019.



2020 Urgent Care Foundation Award Recipients

2020 Humanitarian Award Winner

Lynda Gerberg, MD,  is a Pediatrician specializing in Urgent Care and Sports Medicine. She is the Lead Pediatrician at Cohen Children's Northwell Health-GoHealth Pediatric Urgent Care since 2017. Dr. Gerberg is highly committed to providing medical and humanitarian care for those impacted by natural disasters and humanitarian crises. As a vital member of the volunteer medical organization, Love 4, Dr. Gerberg has been active in national and international medical missions, mobilizing and leading medical teams into areas recovering from natural disasters, such as Texas, Puerto Rico & The Bahamas. Dr. Gerberg and her team set up clinics and provide medical care, supplies and support for those affected by these natural disasters, with their latest medical relief efforts directed to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. Dr. Gerberg is also a founding member of the David Michael Foundation, a non profit organization whose mission is to help combat the global opioid epidemic.


2020 Lifetime Membership Award Winners

Eric McDonald was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of DocuTAP, a dynamic HIT company based in Sioux Falls, SD. McDonald predicted the integral part handheld devices would play in healthcare with the increasing adoption and evolution of technology. He began development of the DocuTAP application in his basement shortly after college, and with the help of angel investors, launched the company in 2000. The ability to stay ahead of technology trends and a commitment to patients, providers, and his employees, has elevated the company as a leader in the on-demand healthcare space. DocuTAP has grown significantly over the last 17 years, including the 2017 acquisition of Clockwise.MD. With more than 300 employees, and 2,800 clinics across the country using its technology solution, DocuTAP is the leader in the on-demand healthcare technology space and demonstrates its commitment to patients and providers by staying ahead of healthcare technology trends and developing solutions to increase efficiency and collaboration.


Pam Sullivan, MD, MBA, FACP, PT, worked as an attending physician in the emergency department at Rochester General Hospital for 19 years, served on the Medical and Dental Staff Board and Executive Committee for eight years as well as many other hospital and community committees. In 2011, Dr. Sullivan transitioned to the Medical Director at Rochester Immediate Care in Webster, NY. She served as Medical Director to multiple Emergency Departments, speaker at multiple educational events and remains active with the NY Chapter of the American College of Physicians where she is a Laureate Award winner.  She earned her MBA from the University of Tennessee Haslam School of Business. Dr. Sullivan is presently a Chief Clinical Officer for Landmark Health. She is Past-President for the UCA and continues to serve any on multiple UCA committees. 





 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award Winner

David Stern, MD, CPC, is a founding board member of UCA and has devoted the past 30 years to urgent care medicine.  David was a partner in physicians immediate care, where he and his partners grew their chain of urgent care clinics to 20 centers before selling to LLR and Anthem in 2012.  Over the years David has been an investor, buyer and seller of various urgent care businesses, comprising over 150 urgent care centers.  His firm has provided start up consulting services to over 300 startup urgent care centers. In 2002, David and his partners founded practice velocity, an electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management solution. In 2019, David merged DocuTap and Practice Velocity to form Experity, with David as CEO. Today, over 4,500 urgent care centers use software and/or services provided by Experity.  David also served on the Board of Trustees for the Urgent Care Foundation. 


2020 Quality and Safety Award Winners

Frank Illuzzi, MD, is board-certified in emergency medicine, and the immediate past chief medical officer at CityMD, a regional urgent care group with 130+ locations throughout the New York city metro area.  He currently serves as EVP of quality and medical education, and maintains an active clinical practice caring for patients.  Prior to joining CityMD, Dr. Illuzzi was the Chairman of Emergency Medicine at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT, and held an academic appointment as Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Frank Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. During his tenure in hospital based care he served in numerous clinical, academic, and leadership roles. Dr. Illuzzi is an active member of the UCA Antibiotic Stewardship Committee and active participant in the UCA summits on antibiotic stewardship and influenza, contributed to the UCF’s diabetes screening research study, and helped create CityMD’s postgraduate urgent care fellowship training program.


Amanda Montalbano, MD, MPH, FAAP, is the Director of Scholarly Activities for the division of urgent care and serves as the Medical Director of Patient and Family Engagement at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Amanda is one of the leading researchers in pediatric urgent care, managing work groups across the country publishing research and quality improvement around patient experience and acute care. She is a founding Co-Chair for the Academic Pediatric Association Urgent Care Special Interest Group and the Chair of Research for the Society of Pediatric Urgent Care. She serves as a clinical resource for pediatric urgent care medicine for UCA as well as an expert in performance improvement, quality improvement, and patient experience. Her career has been dedicated to raising the academic profile of urgent care and its value in the medical neighborhood.


The Becky Burress Unsung Hero Award

With the passing of our colleague and friend Becky Burress in 2019, UCA in conjunction with NERUCA recognizes her life, service and passion with the establishment of the Becky Burress Unsung Hero Award. She is the inaugural recipient of this award created in her honor, presented to her posthumously. While Becky was certainly loved and appreciated during her years with UCA and NERUCA, she was the first to provide credit and recognition elsewhere. This award will be a permanent tribute to her career contributions and the essential efforts of so many dedicated professionals in our industry.



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