Community staff, volunteer win state healthcare awards

Linda Jacobs Greg Pang Debbie Broers (2)

Community Home Health & Hospice (Community) received three of the nine recognition awards at the 22nd Annual Home Care Association of Washington (HCAW) Awards Conference.

The annual HCAW awards recognize individuals who share a high level of dedication to their profession and community. Award winners are honored for meeting personal and industry-related challenges with vision and positive energy, tirelessly advocating for their agencies, patients and colleagues.

Greg Pang, CEO of Community, received the Hero of the Year award for his intrepid leadership over the past 10 years. Pang had the difficult job of following in the footsteps of the beloved founder of the agency. He skillfully revitalized the organization’s culture, and was successful in building the agency’s second hospice care center

Debbie Broers, a 9-year physical therapist with Community, was recognized as Therapist of the Year for her innovative approach to patient care. When her patient with dementia refused to exercise, Broers learned he was a former marching band director. So on her next visit, she brought in marching band music and they marched together around the room.

Linda Jacobs won the Volunteer of the Year award for her volunteer support across a number of Community programs. Since 2012, she has been an essential member of the children’s grief program assisting with support groups and the annual grief camp. In addition, Jacobs volunteers with the agency’s annual gala and other community fundraiser events.

Of his recognition Pang write, “This honor is among the highlights of my 25-year career. I cannot express in words my deep gratitude for this award, as well as my appreciation for our dedicated staff member and volunteer who were acknowledged as well. In a profession built by everyday heroes, they truly deserve special individual attention and thanks.”

The Home Care Association of Washington is a statewide association of home healthcare providers who are committed to professional support for their clients as well as providing opportunities to build community with colleagues and healthcare partners; to promote the industry through local, state and federal advocacy; and to assure members are the most technically qualified by providing access to education and information on trends in home care service delivery and technology.

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