2021 HCA Awards

At HCA’s Annual Conference on May 5, 2021, we have the distinct honor of recognizing these exceptional home care and hospice caregivers, programs, patients, leaders and organizations. Please click below for a profile of each award recipient, their accomplishments, and contributions to the field.

2021 Ruth F. Wilson Award Recipient

Marki Flannery, recent past President & CEO of NYC-Based VNSNY

HCA’s highest honor, the Ruth F. Wilson Award, goes to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional dedication and made a significant contribution to home care over a period of time. With this award, HCA recognizes someone whose work has had a dramatic effect on home care, reaching beyond a single agency. This prestigious award recognizes an individual who has made our services stronger and more visible and who has never wavered from his or her support of home care.

2021 Caring Award Recipient

Cynthia Stanley, RN at Rochester-based HCR Home Care

The Caring Award recognizes a staff person of an agency who has exhibited the compassion, skills and service that sets his or her contribution apart and/or whose actions on a particular day or over a period of time exemplify caring in home care.

2021 Caring Award Recipient

Home Health Aide Wanda Nycklass at Capital Region-based Eddy SeniorCare

The Caring Award recognizes a staff person of an agency who has exhibited the compassion, skills and service that sets his or her contribution apart and/or whose actions on a particular day or over a period of time exemplify caring in home care.

2021 Quality & Innovation Award Recipient

Rochester-based UR Medicine Home Care's Critical Illness Recovery Program

The HCA Quality & Innovation award recognizes a home and community-based organization that has implemented a program or initiative with demonstrated outcomes in terms of client satisfaction, population health improvement, and cost reduction or avoidance.

2021 Quality & Innovation Award Recipient

NYC-based Selfhelp Community Services' Virtual Senior Center

The HCA Quality & Innovation award recognizes a home and community-based organization that has implemented a program or initiative with demonstrated outcomes in terms of client satisfaction, population health improvement, and cost reduction or avoidance.

2021 Home Care Physician Champion Award Recipient

Dr. Amy Ehrlich of NYC-based Montefiore Health System

The Physician Home Care Champion Award recognizes a physician in New York State who has demonstrated a strong and model commitment to home care patients and agency partners.

2021 HCA Advocacy Award Recipients

Theresa Forster and Katie Wehri of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) based in Washington, D.C.

The HCA Advocacy Award recognizes a provider agency or person who took risks to improve the home care or hospice industry, clients, and workers through their advocacy efforts.

2021 Home Care Patient "Shining Light" Award Recipient

Jillian Thibault of the Capital Region

HCA’s new Patient “Shining Light” award is given to a patient who has confronted medical challenges or circumstances in a way that has achieved far-reaching inspirational and exemplary effects.