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On April 3, 2014, VNAA named its 2014 National Award Winners during a ceremony at its 32nd Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The following is a list of the honorees, along with videos providing biographical information and outlining some of the outstanding work each award recipient has provided for his or her organization and community.

Administrative Leader of the Year

Marki Flannery

President, Partners in Care

Visiting Nurse Service of New York | New York, N.Y.

Marki joined VNSNY 32 years ago and became President of Partners in Care in 1996. Under her leadership, Partners in Care has become the largest licensed home care agency in New York, and Marki led expansions in staffing, service geographies and new product lines. Marki is widely respected as a homecare industry expert, evidenced by her countless media appearances, her column for The Huffington Post and her frequent presentations made at national and statewide conferences. Throughout her tenure as President, during blizzards, heat waves, transit strikes, blackouts, the Sept. 11 terror attack and superstorm Sandy, Marki has never ceased to demonstrate commitment to VNSNY's 121-year mission.

Board Member of the Year

Carol M. Kanarek

VNA & Hospice Foundation | Vero Beach, Fla.

Carol Kanarek remembers clearly the tears that flowed the first time she gave her dying father an insulin injection. She was so concerned about doing it correctly that she practiced on an orange first. During those difficult times as a daughter-caregiver, she was touched by the tender dedication and skills of a team of VNA nurses who cared for her father. A year later, Carol said yes to a friend who had been urging her for months to join the VNA's Hospice Committee and later the VNA board of directors. With her father's memory alive, Carol set her sights on a new vision -- helping the people in her community build on the same high level of VNA care that her father received.

For 21 years, the heart and soul of Carol's public service life has been the VNA of the Treasure Coast.

Clinician of the Year

Heather Smith

Program Developer/Ortho and Field Clinician

Advanced Home Care | High Point, N.C.

Even though Heather Smith has only been in homecare for a few short years, she has fallen in love with her job and those who benefit from her expertise as a Physical Therapist. The reason that she enjoys her work is because, according to her, "Homecare=Reality care." With the patient's safety at heart, Heather understands that home exercise plans are generally boring, so she designs interesting, innovative programs that her patients enjoy. Heather challenges all of us to rise above the norm and give our patients the extraordinary care that they truly deserve.

Innovative Leader of the Year

Rose Madden-Baer

Vice President, Clinical Operations Strategy & Development

Visiting Nurse Service of New York | New York, N.Y.

A visionary leader in health care, Dr. Rose Madden-Baer, Vice President, Clinical Operations Strategy and Development at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, develops and disseminates evidence based models of care that have informed community based service delivery at our organization and at the national level. As VNSNY's clinical nursing leader charged with developing new models of care, Rose has initiated systems of care that translate patient characteristics into clinical program development, federal and state funding modification, and cross continuum partnerships.

Quality Team of the Year

Brenda Bartock

Director of Specialty Programs

VNS of Rochester and Monroe County | Rochester, N.Y.

Brenda Bartock has been with VNS Rochester for more than 20 years, and has earned a reputation as a transformational leader. Her team received grant funding from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation to expand evidence-based protocols for effective use of telehealth in a broader rural region and to test the effectiveness of the use of biometric monitoring as a stand-alone (without home care) tool to improve health outcomes for patients with chronic illnesses. In the case of this project, she spent a lot of 1:1 time working directly with the insurance plan partners to build trust. Brenda exuded leadership in facilitating such a diverse and strong-willed, expert team and brought to the table willing and able to break down any barriers to progress.

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