PORTLAND – Doctors, nurses, aides and volunteers work tirelessly every day providing care for the people of Maine.

Now, a new award will give them the recognition they deserve.

Healthcare Heroes will recognize 13 health care workers at a luncheon ceremony in November. The honorees will be selected from a pool of nominations submitted by people from across the state by Oct. 2.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, along with MaineToday Media, publishers of The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, is sponsoring the event in conjunction with a health care expo.

“Harvard Pilgrim is just delighted to sponsor the inaugural health care expo/luncheon with our partners at MaineToday Media, because we know that communication and innovation will make health care work better for all Maine people,” said Ed Kane, Harvard Pilgrim’s vice president for Maine.

“We realized the need to place a more localized face on health care and recognize the great work that’s going on in our community every day,” said Adrienne Dodge, MaineToday Media director of marketing and new business development. “Health care is an important part of a lot of things and it supports many members in the community.”

The event’s review committee will be looking at nominations the first week of October. Dodge said ideal candidates will be well-rounded, with accomplishments in their own career as well as an impact on their community, and have a passion for health care.

In addition to the awards, a health care expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Wyndham Portland Airport Hotel in South Portland.

Michelle Lester, MaineToday Media senior vice president of advertising, said the expo is designed as a forum to gather information and for people to learn how to be proactive and make healthy lifestyle choices.

“There is clearly a significant amount of interest in healthy living in Maine,” Lester said. “Health care providers and other associated services have responded positively and quickly to this opportunity. There will be something for everyone at this event.”

The expo is free and tickets for the Nov. 17 luncheon will go on sale after honorees are announced in mid-October.