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Withers named one of CNN's Heroes


Pittsburgh Mercy Health System (PMHS) has announced that Jim Withers, MD, founder and medical director of PMHS’ Operation Safety Net (OSN), has been named one of CNN’s Top Ten Heroes of 2015.

Anderson Cooper, who hosts ‘CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” for the cable news network, unveiled the 10 finalists for CNN Hero of the Year on CNN’s “New Day” show.

As a finalist, Dr. Withers will receive $10,000 and be recognized at “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” a globally broadcast event that airs on CNN on Sunday, Dec. 6. As part of his award package, he will receive free organizational training from the Annenberg Foundation, a leading supporter of nonprofits worldwide. This year’s Heroes will participate in a customized version of the Annenberg Alchemy program, which offers practical guidance to help strengthen organizations for long-term success.

Following global voting, the contender chosen as “CNN Hero of the Year” receives an additional $100,000 grant to further aid their work. Supporters can vote once a day, every day, online or through Facebook at through Sunday, Nov. 15, at midnight PT. Voting is also possible through the CNN mobile app.


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