2021 HCP Annual Award Winners

Each year, HCP members nominate candidates for HCP’s Annual Awards, which are voted on by the HCP Board of Directors. Recipients are recognized for their many contributions to the home care industry and to HCP. They received their awards during the Annual Awards Ceremony at the HCP Management Conference and Exhibition. HCP congratulates all 2021 Award winners and thanks them for their dedication to HCP and the home care industry.

This year’s Annual Award winners are:

Richard Z. Steinhaus Award - Greg Turchan, Premier Home Health Care Services
Greg has been part of the fabric of home care his entire professional career. Initially, as part of a family-owned, licensed home care agency on Long Island—Long Island Nursing—and served in multiple roles, including President, until the company was sold.  It was during his time at Long Island Nursing that he became involved in the New York State Association of Health Care Providers, Inc., including serving in numerous volunteer roles with the Association.  He was very engaged in public policy efforts on behalf of the Association and in furtherance of a strong place in the health care continuum for licensed home care services agencies and the services they bring to consumers. 

Greg, now President of Premier Home Health Care Services, Inc., has been with the organization for close to 20 years.  Throughout, Greg has remained connected and engaged with New York policy makers—showing them what licensed home care services agencies and their workforce bring to the table and how LHCSAs must be recognized for the critical role we play in improving quality, supporting consumers, and keeping overall costs down in the long term care system.  He also has been unrelenting in his efforts to secure adequate reimbursement for these services. 

Throughout his career, Greg has been generous with his time and knowledge when called upon by industry colleagues, associations, policy makers, and his own staff and has often been a go-to call for State Legislators and DOH staff needing information on LHCSA and LTC related issues.  This year, Greg was tapped by the New York State Medicaid Director to participate in the Medicaid Redesign Team II to represent the interests of LHCSAs and home care in significant discussions that would reframe New York’s long term care system for the future.  Throughout the process, Greg reached out to the industry for insight and perspective.  While the process did not necessarily yield perfection, for the first time in decades, LHCSAs had a strong, single-minded representative at the policy table to educate, provide perspective, and drive home the reimbursement issues confronting the industry.

In recognition of his decades-long contributions to health care policy on behalf of LHCSAs and long term care sector, we believe Greg Turchan is a strong and worthy candidate for the 2020 Richard Z Steinhaus award. 

Edna A. Lauterbach Member of the Year –Glenn Lane, Westchester Family Care, Inc.
Glenn Lane has demonstrated all of the values of the Edna A. Lauterbach Member of the Year Award, which recognizes a member who has done an outstanding job in promoting the interests and objectives of HCP. The Edna Lauterbach Award is presented to a visionary who shows dedication and excellence to the goals and objectives of HCP, integrity, creativity, energy and hard work.  Glenn Lane embodies these principles.  Glenn’s quiet, unassuming presence gives cover to his broad and deep knowledge base; he is a true ‘student of life’ as shown by his actions in both his personal and professional life.  

Before Westchester Family Care, Inc. officially opened Glenn wanted to learn all he could about the home care industry while staying true to his mission and incorporating ideas from his prior business career.  Glenn has proven to be a person with keen insight and intellect existing alongside a sense of collaboration and generosity.  

Westchester Family Care joined HCP in 2015.  Glenn quickly became an active participant in State and Chapter activities and within two years joined the Hudson Valley Chapter (HVC) Board and was elected Treasurer.  In the past four years, Glenn’s contribution to the HVC has gone well beyond his role as Treasurer.  He has been a repeat presence during many Advocacy Days, he’s modernized Chapter functions to increase efficiencies, he’s managed many technical issues for the HVC and its members, helped organize events, increased Chapter membership, and suggested conference and meeting presenters, just to name a few.  

Glenn’s contributions to the HVC and HCP were especially evident and most appreciated during the pandemic.  During some of the most difficult days Glenn was always available to take a call, share information and any resources that he was aware of, whether that be a case of gloves or masks or a website with pertinent information.  Glenn is someone who is committed to the home health care arena, one who will continue to put the best interest of our industry at the forefront.  
Founders’ Spirit Award – The Statewide Direct Care Workforce in Home Care
The Founders’ Spirit Award, inaugurated in 2001, honors the spirit of the intrepid individuals who founded HCP in 1974. Each year, the nominee is someone who has demonstrated strong and successful efforts to promote awareness and appreciation of home and community-based services. This year it is only fitting that this award honor those that have worked tirelessly to provide care during what has been an unprecedented period in health care. Individuals that have committed to delivering quality and vital services to patients in need—the direct care workforce.

Associate Member of the Year –James Cohen, Nevvon
James Cohen is the founder and CEO of Nevvon, a company that has stepped up the usage of technology in the home care sector. James is an active member of HCP’s Long Island and New York City Chapters where he shares his knowledge regarding New York State legislative and regulatory issues. James and his team at Nevvon are experts in developing the compliance and regulatory training requirements needed for home care agencies across New York and other states. 

He has supported the goals and objectives of HCP consistently since joining the organization in 2017. Over the past years’ challenging pandemic crisis, James generously sourced and donated multiple PPE items that were desperately needed by hospitals and home care agencies across New York. James has selflessly devoted his time and efforts to ensuring that lunches and snacks were organized and delivered to multiple care workers and hospitals who were dedicated to caring for COVID-19 patients. James’s generously created and provided complimentary infection control and COVID-19 training to New York state home care agencies. In addition, James also translated HCP’s Take 5 to Fight COVID-19 video series into Spanish. He continues to support HCP through personal calls and connections to colleagues to encourage attendance at events and to advocate for them to join HCP. James has supported and attended Advocacy Days on several occasions and was a key sponsor of the HCP new member dinner during the annual conference.

James has repeatedly demonstrated that HCP is high on his priority list.

Elected Official of the Year Award – Senator Rachel May
This award was established to recognize elected officials who most effectively advance the interests of the home care industry and the providers who serve it.  Senator May, Chair of the Aging Committee, has been very engaged with HCP this past year. During the budget process Senator May and her staff were engaged and accessible with respect to the policy discussion regarding Fair Pay for Home Care. Likewise, Senator May was open to including provisions at HCP’s request to protect home care agencies to ensure that if wages are increased agencies would receive fair and equitable reimbursement. In addition, Senator May pursued the sponsorship of HCP’s bill to repeal the LHCSA RFO. Senator May also presided over hearings this summer to explore workforce issues related to home care.

The Senator continues to engage with our members to learn more about the industry and the intricacies of reimbursement and its impact on the ability to maintain a robust and stable workforce. 

Excellence in Public Relations Award – Christy Johnston, Premier Home Health Care Services
Christy Johnston has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to gather home care stories from multiple agencies and encourage a united front in broadcasting the message that home care is the best solution for our patients and clients.  As media stories developed, Christy involved HCP as the voice that could provide a global view of the challenges and opportunities home care is experiencing.   

HCP members and HCP Chapters that would like to congratulate this year’s Award winners may purchase an ad in the Awards section of the HCP Conference Program Guide, which is distributed to all HCP Conference attendees.

Full page, half page and quarter page ad sizes are available on a first come-first served basis. The deadline for congratulatory ads is October 9. For more information or to reserve space for a congratulatory ad, please contact Marissa Crary, or click here to download the ad reservation form.