Published on April 04, 2013

April 4, 2013

TBJ Recognizes Rex Healthcare Co-Workers as Health Care Heroes

RALEIGH, N.C. – Three Rex Healthcare co-workers were recently named winners of the Triangle Business Journal's 2013 Health Care Heroes awards. Tift Mann, M.D., won the Lifetime Achievement Award, Richard Gillespie, M.D., won the Rising Star Award and Michael Anglin, P.T., won the award for Allied Health Professional.

Rex also is proud to have two finalists for awards: Chad T. Lefteris, vice president of operations, in the Support Services category; and Richard L. "Dick" Daugherty, chairman of the Rex Foundation Leadership Council, in the Volunteer category.

Dr. Mann, who was a founding partner of Wake Heart & Vascular in 1984, was thrilled to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Since its founding, the cardiology practice has become one of the largest in the state, with 26 partners, 160 employees and offices in 10 counties. Mann also worked to develop the balloon angioplasty, a procedure where a physician can mechanically widen obstructed arteries using a balloon to open the blockage. Developed in the 1980s, this has now become a relatively routine procedure. Though Mann retired in 2012 at age 70, he plans to continue to work on the academic and research side of the practice, and as Rex and UNC plan and build a new heart and vascular hospital on Rex's main Raleigh campus.

Dr. Gillespie, a thoracic surgeon at Rex, is a founding faculty member of the Rex Cancer Center Thoracic Multidisciplinary Clinic. Gillespie is proud to have initiated a number of cutting-edge procedures, and last year he performed the first totally minimally invasive esophagectomy in Wake County. While he loves being an innovator in his field, Gillespie’s favorite part of working in medicine is the relationships he forms with his patients and that it allows him to be the kind of person who can help others.

Anglin was honored with the Allied Health Professional Award for his work supporting physicians, nurses, case managers and the entire interdisciplinary team on many projects to improve the quality and efficiency of the care provided to patients, their families and the community. He has been an integral part of creating a successful inpatient orthopedic program and was a member of the core team that helped Rex earn its primary stroke center certification

The Health Care Hero Awards ceremony took place on March 21 at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel. The awards feature exceptional health care professionals who serve those in need, work on breakthrough innovations and change people’s lives.

For more information on the Triangle Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes Awards, visit