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2016 Greater Rochester Awards

Rochester Business Journal
October 28, 2016

The 2016 Greater Rochester Awards honored more than a dozen individuals and six organizations for their contributions to the area’s nonprofits. Lifespan of Greater Rochester Inc.’s Health Care Coordination Service won the Bank of America Impact Award, presented to a program that has demonstrated measurable, positive results.

Lifespan’s service will receive $10,000 from Bank of America. The other finalists for the Impact Award were the Center for Youth’s Safe Harbour Program and Veterans Outreach Center Inc.

The Health Care Coordination Service helps people who need coordinated care, have multiple chronic illnesses and encounter barriers that delay or prevent them from receiving health care, officials said. Patients who participate in the service have predictable histories of noncompliance with medical appointments and treatment as well as low health literacy.

A 100-patient pilot program launched in 2014 has expanded to serve many more people. Licensed practical nurses supervised by registered nurses act as coordinators, working in the health care setting and in patient’s homes.

Lifespan’s data show that the program supports compliance with medical directions, resulting in significantly fewer emergency department visits and hospitalizations among enrolled patients. Patients and their caregivers report less stress, a greater willingness to communicate with medical professionals and a better understanding of medications and the importance of taking them regularly.

Not only did the pilot program improve life quality for patients, it showed a one-year cost avoidance of $1.6 million, officials said.

More than 330 attended the ceremony Oct. 14 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The annual event is presented by the Rochester Business Journal and the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. and sponsored by Bank of America Corp.

The honorees previously announced in the other categories are:

Board Leadership: presented to nonprofit board chairmen and chairwomen who have enhanced the mission and reputation of their agencies through effective leadership, fundraising, strategic planning, community collaboration and problem solving. This year’s recipients are Maggie Bringewatt, chairwoman of St. Ann’s Community; Thomas Kelly, chairman of Rochester Rehabilitation Center Inc.; and Arlene Wilson, chairwoman of PathStone Corp.

Career Achievement: presented to staff members not in senior management who exhibit innovation, leadership and creativity to help deliver measurable results. The recipients are Jan Mascari, manager of the central supply room, St. Ann’s Community; Jody Todd Manly, clinical director of Mt. Hope Family Center, and Cher Niedermaier, Westmoreland house manager for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, N.Y. Inc.

Community Champion: given to individuals, volunteers or staffers whose efforts with local human service nonprofits have made a significant positive impact on the community. The award will be given to Sarah Heieck, regional sales representative, Pfizer Inc.; Karen Lustick, board member at Thompson Health and East House and volunteer with the Partnership for Ontario County; and David McNitt, volunteer reader and coordinator of the Reach Out and Read program at Anthony L. Jordan Health Center.

Executive of the Year: given to an executive with a record of innovative leadership in delivering services with a measurable positive impact. The recipient this year is Mary Walsh Boatfield, president and CEO of CP Rochester, Happiness House and Rochester Rehabilitation Center. Ability Partners Inc. is the passive parent corporation of the three agencies.

Rising Star: given to staff members who have demonstrated a fast-track record of accomplishment and growth of responsibilities in delivering agency services. The honorees are Krystle Ellis, director of operations and community programs, Wilson Commencement Park; Tanya Thurman, planning and evaluation policy specialist, Action for a Better Community Inc.; and Bethany Williams, special needs coordinator, Child Care Council Inc.

Outstanding Corporate Volunteer Group: presented to a group of co-workers or affinity group members who have come together in the last year to make a difference in Greater Rochester through their collective volunteerism. The recipients are volunteer groups at Eastman Kodak Co., Harris Beach PLLC and Lawley.

10/28/2016 (c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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