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2018 Urgent Care Foundation Award Recipients


UCA recognizes and presents awards to its laureates for their significant achievements to the association or in the field of urgent care. Award candidates are nominated by members and non-members and selected via UCA Awards Committee recommendations to the Board of Directors. 


2018 Advocacy Award                             

United States Senator Bill Cassidy (invited)




Senator Bill Cassidy grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University for undergraduate and Medical School.

For nearly three decades, Senator Cassidy provided care for uninsured and underinsured patients in Louisiana’s charity hospital system.

During this time, he co-founded the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic, a clinic providing free dental and health care to the working uninsured. He also created a private-public partnership to vaccinate 36,000 greater Baton Rouge area children against Hepatitis B at no cost to the schools or parents. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Senator Cassidy led a group of health care volunteers to convert an abandoned K-Mart building into an emergency health care facility, providing basic health care to hurricane evacuees.

In 1990, Senator Cassidy joined LSU Medical School teaching medical students and residents at Earl K. Long hospital, a hospital for the uninsured.

After serving three terms in the U.S. House, Senator Cassidy was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014 where he serves on the Health Education Labor & Pensions, Energy and Natural Resources, Finance, Veterans Affairs and Joint Economic Committees.

When UCA members met with Senator Cassidy in 2015, he quickly understood the value that urgent care centers bring to the health care system. Subsequently, Senator Cassidy introduced the Veterans Emergency Room and Relief Act which would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay for care delivered to veterans in urgent care centers. More recently Senator Cassidy launched a bipartisan initiative in the Senate to improve health care price and information transparency. 

Senator Cassidy is married to Dr. Laura Cassidy and they have three children.

2018 Community Service Award    

Nightlight Pediatrics, Zawadi Bryant



Founded by Zawadi Bryant, Dr. Anastasia Gentles and Connie Cazares in March 2007, NightLight Pediatric Urgent Care was created to brighten the prospect of pediatric urgent care by combining expert medical care with comfort and compassion. This organization is dedicated to serving patients as part of a constellation of care in seven, soon to be eight, clinics around the Greater Houston Area. It takes a village to raise thriving children and we are part of that community of parents, healthcare providers and caregivers dedicated to keeping little bodies, minds and spirits healthy. NightLight has been highlighted in 2017 as a Forbes Small Giant, recognized as one of best places to work in 2013 by the Houston Business Journal, ranked as an Inc 5000 company for four years in a row, honored by U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a Minority-Owned Business Achievement Award winner, and ranked on the Houston Business Journal Corporate Philanthropy list as an inspiring resource in the pediatric healthcare industry. NightLight's mission is to be a beacon of healing that lights up lives in every community they serve and it’s vision is to inspire a world where love, peace, and joy are more contagious than the flu. 

2018 Humanitarian Award   

PM Pediatrics, Steve Katz



Established in 2005, PM Pediatrics ( is the nation’s largest provider of specialized pediatric urgent care with 27 locations in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Massachusetts and over 1,600,000 visits to date. Each location is staffed by Pediatric Emergency Specialists trained in treating newborn through college-age patients for a broad array of illnesses and injuries including asthma, fever, infections, dehydration, fractures, wounds requiring stitches and more. The company’s mission is to provide outstanding clinical care with a focus on minimizing pain and unnecessary tests in a unique office environment tailored for pediatric patients. PM Pediatrics accepts most types of insurance and features short wait times and convenient hours, 365 days a year. Through its PM Pediatrics Cares initiative, the company supports over 20 health and children’s focused charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Autism Speaks, Boys & Girls Club, Habitat For Humanity, and the American Cancer Society. The company is proud to be a seven time honoree to Inc. magazine's 500|5000 list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

2018 Outstanding Achievement Award

Frank Alderman, MD





Frank Alderman, MD, is CEO of MedExpress Urgent Care, a division of OptumHealth. In founding the company in 2001, Frank and his team sought to provide a customer-service approach to health care and address the need for access to high-quality, affordable, patient-centric care. Under his stewardship, the company has experienced exponential growth and success while maintaining its focus on providing a best-in-class patient experience. Throughout its journey, MedExpress has partnered with leading private equity and venture capital firms including Excellere Partners, Sequoia Capital and General Atlantic. MedExpress joined Optum, a division of UnitedHealth Group, in April 2015. The company currently operates ~250 neighborhood medical centers across 19 states, serving millions of consumers each year.
In 2012, Frank was the recipient of an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was also awarded Ernst and Young’s Venture Capital Award of Excellence. In 2014, he was inducted into the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame and was also selected to be a member of WVU School of Pharmacy’s Centennial Hall of Fame. Frank is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and serves on the board of the WVU Foundation.
Frank is a West Virginia native and holds both a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and a medical degree from West Virginia University. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at WVU and obtained board certification.

2018 Quality & Safety Award 


Merck is a global healthcare company with a 125-year history of working to make a difference. Merck’s business focuses on innovation and scientific excellence to deliver vaccines, medicines, and animal health products that can help millions around the world. For over 80 years, Merck has played a significant role in vaccine and antibiotic research and development (R&D). Today, Merck is one of only a few large pharmaceutical companies that has continued to pursue R&D to develop new medicines and vaccines that prevent and treat bacterial infections. Merck’s broad infectious diseases portfolio spans both human and animal health and includes antimicrobials, vaccines, and novel approaches to reduce the need for antimicrobials. Merck is making significant investments to support antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) to improve patient outcomes and slow the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Merck supports global AMR surveillance programs, the development of new diagnostic tools to detect resistance, expanded use of vaccines, and AMS programs around the world.

2018 Rising Star Award -- NEW     

Heather Fernandez, Solv Health  



As Solv's CEO and co-founder, Heather brings more than a decade of executive management experience with leading consumer startups to the company. After experiencing firsthand how dramatically the real estate industry could be changed by creating a transparent and simple consumer experience, she founded Solv to transform healthcare for consumers.

Heather served as senior vice president and general manager of business services at Trulia, Inc., where she led advertising product, market and sales strategy, which accounted for nearly $200M in annual revenue, through its acquisition by Zillow (NASDAQ: ZG) in 2015.

She currently serves on the Atlassian (NASDAQ: TEAM) board of directors and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Award Descriptions

Rising Stars in Urgent Care Award -NEW

The Urgent Care Foundation will honor individuals who are new to the Urgent Care industry with the 2018 Rising Stars in Urgent Care Award. These individuals represent the best and brightest newcomers in the industry. Nominees must have a proven track record of leadership, innovation, dedication to community and the urgent care industry. Any employee in your organization who meets the criteria can be nominated for this award.

Outstanding Achievement Award

Recognizes significant clinical, managerial and/or administrative achievements in the field of urgent care medicine that have had an impact on the industry. Nominees may be an individual, an organization, or a company and must be a member of UCA.


  • 2007: Lee Resnick, MD
  • 2010: Members of the UCA Certification Committee
  • 2011: The Braveheart Group (publishers, Journal of Urgent Care Medicine)
  • 2013: J. Dale Key
  • 2014: Robert G. Graw, Jr., MD
  • 2016: Peter Lamelas, MD, MBA, FACEP
  • 2017: Bruce Irwin, MD

Lifetime Membership Award

Significant contributions of an individual to UCA are recognized with awarding of lifetime membership. The awardee will be granted complimentary lifetime membership in UCA as well as complimentary registration to the UCA Urgent Care Convention & Expo the year he or she receives the award.


  • 2007: Bill Meadows, MD, original UCA president and founding board member
  • 2008: David Stern, MD, founding board member
  • 2009: John Koehler, MD, founding board member
  • 2010: Lee Resnick, MD, past president and founding board member
  • 2011: J. Dale Key, past vice president
  • 2013: Lou Ellen Horwitz, first UCA executive director
  • 2014: Marge Simat, founding board member
  • 2015: Cindi Lang, RN, MS, significant contributions to the association

Advocacy Award

Awarded to an Individual, organization, or company for legislative or regulatory advocacy for urgent care on a state or national level. Nominees do not have to be members of UCA.


  • 2014: The Northeast Regional Urgent Care Association (NERUCA)
  • 2015: Radwan Hallaba, MD
  • 2016: Nathan Newman, MD, FAAFP

Humanitarian Award

Awarded for significant medical volunteer work by an individual, organization, or exhibitor that has had a positive impact on a national or international cause or event. Nominees must be members of UCA.


  • 2015: DocuTAP
  • 2016: Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care
  • 2017: John Koehler, MD 

Community Service Award

Awarded for significant volunteer contribution by an individual, organization, or exhibitor that has had a positive impact on the health of that nominee’s community. Nominees must be members of UCA.


  • 2015: Anthony Euser, DO
  • 2016: Max Lebow, MD, MPH, MBA, FACEP, FACPM
  • 2017: Lake After Hours/Lake Urgent Care

Quality and Safety Award

Recognizes an individual, organization or exhibitor for significant efforts that focus on improved quality and safety in the field of urgent care medicine.


  • 2017: The Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC) at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University

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