Home Aides of Central New York is a not-for-profit, charitable organization. Established by community leaders in 1966, our agency was created to care for elderly and disabled residents of Central New York at home. Since that time, we have touched thousands of lives and become known for our quality services. Our mission today is to enable aging, ill and frail individuals to receive the support they need to live at home with dignity and independence.
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|Sandra H. Martin, President Ms. Martin has worked in health care administration for nearly four decades and has led Home Aides of Central New York since 1990. She has master’s degrees in health administration and social work.|
|Karen Henry, RN, Senior Director of Clinical Services Ms. Henry is a Registered Nurse and has over 35 years in the nursing field, nearly half of which have been dedicated to home health care. She has been the director of clinical services at Home Aides of Central New York since 2003.|
|Michael R. Riley, CPA, Director of Finance Mr. Riley is a Certified Public Accountant and has nearly 15 years of financial management experience, primarily in the medical and non-profit fields. He has been the Director of Finance at Home Aides of Central New York since 2007.|
|Mary Anne Hankins, PHR, Director of Human Resources Ms. Hankins has 20 years of human resources experience. She has been with Home Aides of Central New York since 2010.|
|Laurie Walker, Director of Development & Public Relations Ms. Walker has worked in a variety of fundraising capacities since 1989, including 13 years at the United Way of Central New York. She has been the Director of Development and Public Relations at Home Aides of Central New York and the Eldercare Foundation since 2005.|
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VNA Homecare and Home Aides of Central New York will affiliate to form a new home care system that will bring more affordable and readily available home care to the community. Patients will experience no changes in staffing or services as a result of the affiliation and will continue to be seen by the same caring professionals.
A joint committee of the VNA Homecare and Home Aides of Central New York community-based boards spent nearly a year examining the potential of this affiliation. Their decision was approved by VNA Homecare’s board on Dec. 13 and by Home Aides of Central New York’s board on Dec. 14. This change is subject to approval by the New York State Department of Health which is expected to occur in the first half of 2013.
“The affiliation brings together the region’s best-known names in home care,” said VNA Homecare Board Chair Thomas H. Dennison, Ph.D. “VNA Homecare for providing patients of all ages with long-term, skilled nursing at home and a diverse range of both short and long-term home care services, and Home Aides of Central New York for helping the aging, frail and ill remain at home with dignity and independence.”
“The VNA Homecare—Home Aides of Central New York affiliation will protect and grow local jobs,” remarked Home Aides Board Chair, Anthony Marshall, Esq. “Together we are stronger and will be better able to ensure consistency and continuity of care for patients.”
With a combined 575 employees, the affiliation is expected to help the organizations respond to a serious aide shortage and increase the organizations’ employee base by at least 10% in the next two years. Administrative staff is expected to remain the same and support continued patient care staff growth.
The organizations will continue to operate under their current names as part of a common parent company, Home Care of Central New York. M. Kate Rolf, president and CEO of VNA Homecare, will become president and CEO of the affiliated organizations.
Sandra Martin, president of Home Aides of Central New York, will continue in her current role until the affiliation is approved by the Department of Health and will participate in the integration of the organizations prior to her retirement in 2013.
“I want to thank the boards of each organization for the hard work they put into this decision,” said Sandra Martin. “Their vision and foresight will ensure the community these two not-for-profit agencies will continue to serve as the primary providers of home care in Central New York long into the future.”
“The thoroughness of the decision making process was made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation, which financially supported the joint committee’s efforts,” said M. Kate Rolf. “The boards’ involvement has been a true asset and the outcome of their efforts ensures Central New York will enjoy continued access to local home care.”
This affiliation will help ensure Central New York can rely on these local non-profit home care providers as the marketplace quickly changes. New York State is in the process of advancing the Medicaid Redesign Initiative, transitioning the Medicaid system from a fee-for-service environment to a managed care environment requiring mandatory patient enrollment in a managed, long-term care plan. The change will take effect in Central New York beginning December 2013.
“Closer collaboration among home care providers is a necessary step in the transition to managed care,” said Home Care Association of New York State President, Joanne Cunningham. “This affiliation is a wonderful example of two long-standing home care providers pro-actively coming together to meet the challenges all home care providers will be facing over the next few years.”
Working together, the organizations will continue enabling individuals to live with dignity and independence within the comfort and security of their own homes during times of illness, disability and recuperation.
The foundations supporting each organization will continue to pursue their missions under their current names working with their existing community boards. The Eldercare Foundation will continue to support Home Aides of Central New York. The VNA Foundation of Central New York will continue to support VNA Homecare.
Home Aides of Central New York is a not-for-profit, charitable organization. Established by community leaders in 1966, the agency was created to care for elderly and disabled residents of Central New York at home. Since that time, the organization has touched thousands of lives and become known for its quality services. Home Aides of Central New York’s mission today is to enable aging, ill and frail individuals to receive the support they need to live at home with dignity and independence.
VNA Homecare provides comprehensive, cohesive home care for all stages of life – from prenatal care to care for young families to rehabilitation, long-term and end-of-life care. Founded in 1890, the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York, a division of VNA Homecare, is the oldest home care agency in Onondaga County, and consistently develops and reshapes its programs and services to best meet the needs of the community. The organization is committed to making a profound difference in the lives of its patients by providing expert, high-quality care where they want it most, in their homes. VNA Homecare’s goal is to deliver an unprecedented level of care specifically designed to meet the needs of its patients. The organization’s focused approach improves the quality of each patient’s life, and helps each individual achieve maximum independence.
Home Aides of Central New York and VNA Homecare share the goal of maintaining, restoring and promoting the health and independence of all of our patients. Together, this will be achieved by working collaboratively and providing the proper environment for development and retention of a caring, competent staff.