Issue: April 6, 2017

Published on April 6, 2017

Articles in this issue:

2017 Employee Recognition Award Winners

Author: Lisa Volk

The Clinical and Quality Committee is pleased to announce the selection of the 2017 Employee Recognition Award Program winners. These award recipients will be honored at the NYSHFA/NYSCAL Convention Awards Banquet on June 27 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York. We wish to thank the membership for supporting these awards and extend our congratulations to all the winners and nominees.

2017 Employee Recognition Award Winners

 RN of the Year
Shirley Gill

The Pines at Poughkeepsie Center
Poughkeepsie, NY
District 04

 LPN of the Year
Carol Melander

Saratoga Nursing Center
Ballston Spa, NY
District 05

CNA of the Year
Mary Escamilla

Bridgewater Center For Rehab and Nursing
Binghamton, NY
District 08

Heart and Hands Award
Melanie Wisniewski

ElderWood at Wheatfield
Niagara Falls, NY
District 10


Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

April 25th Audio Conference - Approaches to Effective and Inclusive Service to the Senior LGBT Populations


Enhance your ability to listen, respond and provide care to all residents regardless of personal feelings, beliefs and values. This session will provide participants with a basic familiarity of the senior LGBT community. Learn how you and your staff can respect each person’s uniqueness as part of our commitment to delivering person-centered care. Click here for additional details and the registration brochure. 

15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference


Registrations are now being accepted for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017 being held at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY. Click here for additional details and the registration brochure. 

May 4th Audio Conference - Regulatory Update & The Quality Imperative of VBP


This session will cover important regulatory changes and the industry’s efforts to shape rational reform of the post-acute care payment system. Despite these challenges, there are significant opportunities for providers that can demonstrate quality, both in terms of clinical outcomes and operating efficiency. The purpose of this session is to provide your team with the skills required to lead our industry into a new era of measurable quality in the highly competitive world of Value-Based Payment systems. Highlights will include understanding the interoperability of longitudinal data exchanges to facilitate coordinated care delivery. Updates to the CMS 5-Star rating system and the changes to the CMS SOM will also be covered.

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Lee Woodruff Confirmed as NYSHFA/NYSCAL Opening Keynote Speaker



As co-author of the New York Times best seller In an Instant, Lee Woodruff chronicled her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. The couple helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning war veterans, as well as the millions who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction. They have founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation to assist post-9/11 injured service members, veterans, and their families heal from the physical and silent wounds of war. Woodruff served as the Closing Keynote Speaker at the 2016 AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention. In addition, she has been a contributing reporter for CBS This Morning and Good Morning America. Her best-selling book Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress, was followed by her first novel Those We Love Most, which became a New York Times best seller and won the “Washington Irving Book Award” for fiction.


Woodruff headlines a lineup that includes, Mark Parkinson, President & CEO of AHCA/NCAL, Leah Klusch, The Alliance Training Center, and Jim Bryan, Closing Keynote Speaker.

Click here for additional details and our registration brochure.