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 The New York State Association of Health Care Providers Announces its 2020 Annual Award Winners  

The New York State Association of Health Care Providers is pleased to announce its 2020 Annual Award winners, honored for their many contributions to New York’s home care industry. Winners were honored during the Virtual Awards Celebration at the HCP 2020 Virtual Management Conference and Exhibition.

HCP is proud to continue its long tradition of recognizing those in the home care industry today who are passionate about the value and importance of the home care industry. “It has been a challenging year and it has brought out the best in so many of us” Kathy Febraio, CAE, HCP President and CEO. Please read on for this year’s statewide award winners.

Christine Johnston, Premier Home Health Care Services, White Plains, New York

2020 Excellence in Public Relations Award
Christine Johnston, Premier Home Health Care Services, is the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Excellence in Public Relations Award which is presented to an HCP member that has generated significant media coverage raising awareness about the home care industry or important home care issues.

“Christy collaborated with multiple home care agencies to get placement of positive stories that focused on the caregiver in the home and how home care was the solution during this health care crisis. We are very proud to have Christy among our members,” said Kathy Febraio, HCP President/CEO.

Michael Weiner, Esq., Glaser & Weiner, Great Neck, NY

2020 HCP Associate Member of the Year Award 

The Associate Member of the Year has done the most to promote the interests and objectives of the Association. They have also shown dedication and demonstrated excellence in furthering the goals of HCP and of the home care industry. Michael Weiner is a frequent contributor for educational programs and chapter meetings. His willingness to speak to HCP members about legal issues affecting home care and timely updates and interpretation of changes in rules and regulations put out by the Department of Health and the Department of Labor, is greatly appreciated. He is a dedicated member and has served for two years as Associate member representative on the HCP Board of Directors.

“Michael is a dedicated member and one of those individuals that not only talks the talk, but he also walks the walk. His support and activities outside the Board room put him in a league of his own” said Kathy Febraio, President/CEO. 

Sasha Guillaume, CEO of Mrs. G’s Services, New York, New York

Edna A. Lauterbach Member of the Year
 The Edna A. Lauterbach Member of the Year Award honors the spirit of the intrepid individuals who founded HCP in 1974. The Award recognizes an individual who has done an outstanding job supporting and promoting the interests and objectives of HCP. Since the start of the pandemic, Sasha Guillaume has been very active in distributing PPE to New York City members and worked to ensure that the membership remained connected through many virtual meetings. He is always ready to stomp the halls on Advocacy Day and is a consistent supporter of the HCP PAC. 

“Sasha is always ready to step up and support the association when he is called upon and even when he isn’t – Sasha is an incredible asset to our organization,” said Kathy Febraio, President/CEO. 

Todd Kaminsky, 9th Senate District, Long Island, New York 

2020 Elected Official of the Year Award
 The HCP Elected Official of the Year Award is presented to a local, State or Federal elected official who has done the most to advance the interests of home and community-based care. Senator Todd Kaminsky is a strong supporter of the home care industry. He makes himself available to HCP and its members regularly to discuss concerns of the industry. As an important member of the Senate Democratic Conference, he has and continues to stand-up for the home care industry. He is strong voice for home care.

“We are pleased to honor Senator Kaminsky as our Elected Official of the Year and look forward to continuing our work with him to ensure that the interests of our members, the aides we partner with and those to whom we provide vital services are vigorously represented in the legislature, to ensure that home care services continue to be a cost effective and readily available care option in New York State,” said Rick Schaefer, HCP Immediate Past Chair.   

HCP Honors the Statewide Direct Care Workforce in Home Care with Founders’ Spirit Award

The Founders’ Spirit Award honors the spirit of the intrepid individuals who founded HCP in 1974. The Award recognizes those that have demonstrated strong and successful efforts to promote awareness and appreciation of home and community-based services. This year, HCP honors the home care workers who are hardworking, extremely dedicated individuals that provide critical life-sustaining essential services to the many older, frail and physically challenged individuals who want to remain in their own homes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these workers have continued to serve the vulnerable, at-risk individuals in their homes, despite the risk to themselves and their families, despite the challenges with transportation, childcare and the physical and emotional stress.

“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—the direct care workforce in the home.” said Kathy Febraio, HCP President/CEO.

Gregory Turchan, Premier Home Health Care Services, Long Island, New York

Richard Z. Steinhaus Award

 The HCP Richard Z. Steinhaus Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the home care industry. It is not an award given out annually, but only when the nominee is a recognized expert, leader, and advocate for the home care industry.  Gregory Turchan has been part of home care his entire professional career. At Premier Home Health Care Services for more than 20 years, he has helped lead the company as it grew and expanded, developed new service areas, and focused on remaining in sync with the evolving health care system. This year, Greg was tapped by the Medicaid Director to participate in the MRT II to represent the interests of Licensed Home Care Services Agencies (LHCSA) and home care in discussions that would reframe New York’s long term care system for the future. In recognition of his decades-long contributions to home care, HCP honors Gregory Turchan as our 2020 recipient of the Richard Z Steinhaus award.

“Gregory has participated in larger industry efforts in New York and nationally to develop strategies to protect home care agencies, workers, and clients by amplifying our voices through collaborative efforts to secure additional funding to keep services available and workers safe.” said  Kathy Febraio, HCP President/CEO.

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About New York State Association of Health Care Providers
The New York State Association of Health Care Providers, Inc. (HCP) is a statewide trade association representing the full spectrum of home and community-based care providers through information, advocacy, and education. HCP represents licensed home care services agencies, certified home health agencies, hospices, fiscal intermediaries and related health organizations. Through a strong network of regional chapters and an active State office in Albany, HCP is a primary authority of the home health care industry. For more information, please visit www.nyshcp.org