Three local doctors were honored at the Mercy Health Foundation's Health Care Visionary Awards at the DeYor Performing Arts Center Wednesday night. 

The award ceremony was meant to celebrate the stories of these doctors who "exemplify mission and service to their communities, project visionary leadership in helping make the Mahoning Valley a healthier place and provide exceptional stewardship of the resources provided by the Mercy Health Foundation."

Youngstown native, Dr. Amy Acton received the Mahoning Valley Leadership in Health Award. Dr. Acton is a physician and public health researcher who began her career as a medical student at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Youngstown.

Acton was the director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) from 2019 to 2020. During this time, she played a leading role in Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Dr. Acton has been awarded the 2021 COVID Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum as well as being the Ohio Honoree for USA Today's Woman of the Year award.

Dr. James F. Kravec received the Heart of the Mission Award. Dr. Kravec is a board-certified internal medicine physician who serves as both chief clinical officer of Mercy Health Lorain & Youngstown and the Medical Director of the Mahoning County Public Health Department.

Dr. Kravec focuses on shared decision-making, striving to work collectively with patients o set high goals toward managing existing conditions and empowering a healthy lifestyle.

He played a large role in Mercy Health's COVID-19 response.

Dr. Mirta Arrowsmith and the Youngstown Hispanic Health Program received the Continuing the Legacy Award. This program provides health care assistance to Hispanic and immigrant communities.

Dr. Arrowsmith's advocacy has resulted in these underserved communities receiving health screenings and basic health education classes as well as assisting individuals with navigating the health care system