2010 Founders’ Spirit Award Presented to Eileen Gerard, SSHHS Inc.

On October 28, 2010, Eileen Gerard, Director of Humans Resources/Regional Manager of South Shore Home Health Services, Inc. received the 2010 Founders’ Spirit Award at the Annual N.Y. State Health Care Providers (HCP) conference held at the Marriott in Uniondale.

The Founders’ Spirit Award, inaugurated in 2001, honors the spirit of the intrepid individuals who founded HCP in 1974. The nominee is someone who has demonstrated strong and successful efforts to promote awareness and appreciation of home and community-based services.

From right to left Maureen Dolan, Controller of South Shore Home Health Services, Inc., Eileen Gerard, Director of Human Resources/Regional Manager, Carol Kolar, Chief Operating Officer, Margaret Coffey, Executive Director

Eileen has been on the Board of the Long Island Chapter of the New York State Health Care Providers for 8 years and has recently been appointed Acting Chairperson of the HCP affiliate Community Health Care Services (CHC). She organized the LI Chapter’s “Caregiver of the Year” event for the past 10 years. She coordinates and rallies the chapter members, which consists of the Suffolk and Nassau County licensed home care agencies, to participate yearly on state lobby day as well as visiting legislators in their local offices. She has attended HCP’s Washington lobby day and brings the message for the chapter members. Since 2008, home care providers have sustained over $360 million in cuts, including reimbursement cuts, a gross receipts tax, elimination of the 2009 and 2010 trend factor, and the 1.1% FMAP Contingency Fund cut.

Eileen also organizes South Shore Home Health Service’s annual employee recognition event. In July 2010, South Shore Home Health Services, Inc. recognized 44 employees who have been employed by South Shore Home Health Services, Inc. for over 5 years or more. “I am committed to protecting the real people and real families who depend on home care services as well as our valued caregivers. Without home care our loved ones can not live in their own homes when extra care is needed for them to live safely.”

Eileen graduated from St. Josephs College with a B.S. in Health Administration. She resides in East Patchogue with her husband and two children.