AHHC of NC Presents 2019 HOME Awards at 47th Annual Conference
Raleigh, NC – April 29, 2019 The Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina (AHHC of NC) hosted its 47th annual conference April 29-30 with a clear focus on how home health, home care, palliative care, and hospice services can assist patients and families to remain at home with excellent clinical care and outcomes. The event took place at the Raleigh Convention Center and drew hundreds of healthcare professionals from around the state to discuss improved ways to provide care, support patients and families, and deliver exceptional care wherever a patient may call home. The opening day was anchored by William Dombi, President and CEO for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice who shared insight on the direction of care at the national level. Monday’s Annual Awards Ceremony honored the late Richard Morgan, former Speaker of the House. He was presented an award by AHHC President and CEO, Tim Rogers, and it was accepted by his wife, Cindy Morgan, AHHC's VP of Hospice, Palliative Care & Clinical Innovations. The late Sherry Leigh Thomas, former Senior Executive Vice President of AHHC, was honored as well with an award given in her name in the presence of her family and friends. These individuals were instrumental in the growth & development of the home care & hospice industry in North Carolina.
The conference drew local and national vendors of products and services for home & hospice care providers, as well as experts from around the country to present topics pertinent to the advancement, awareness, and quality of healthcare at home.
The Awards Ceremony recognized the excellence of individuals who are dedicated to promoting healing, extending life, and alleviating pain and suffering, all the while keeping families together and providing the greatest degree of freedom, independence, and dignity possible. These are the true heroes in home care, home health and hospice, who serve on the front line every day, encountering numerous challenges often with a smile on their face and a fierce determination to persevere on behalf of their patients. The awards were presented by AHHC’s President and CEO, Tim Rogers. The recipients are as follows:
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Sherry Leigh Thomas Nurse of the Year:
Gina Murray, RN, BSN – Aware Senior Care
Leslie Carswell Leadership Award:
Heather Smith, PT, MS, DPT – Advanced Home Care
Administrative Support Person of the Year:
Betsy Tysinger – Advanced Home Care
Family Caregiver of the Year:
Lynn Beaver, RN
Paraprofessional of the Year:
Trisha Christopher, LPN – Advanced Home Care
Physician of the Year:
Philip Asenso, MD – Elohim HouseCall Doctors
Nominees for the HOME Awards are submitted annually and AHHC’s Public Relations and Communications Committee has the important, and difficult, task of selecting the winners each year. The Awards are presented every year at the Association for Home & Hospice Care’s Annual Conference & Expo. Congratulations to all the nominees and to this year’s Award Recipients!
The Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina (AHHC) is a nonprofit trade association representing providers of home health, hospice, palliative care, personal care, private duty nursing and companion/sitter services. The Association was established in 1972 and currently has a membership of over 750 provider agencies and vendors, who provide products and services to providers. AHHC's mission is to provide Resources, Education, Advocacy and Leadership. Services include: technical assistance, monthly newsletters, quality educational programs, annual directory, email alerts, and political lobbying. AHHC strongly advocates for their members and the many patients they serve, and is recognized by colleagues, regulators, and legislators as one of the most active and effective home care associations in the US.