Nascentia Health announced the recipients of the spring 2021 President’s Award and Heart of Home Care awards. These awards are given to employees who go above and beyond in their dedication to Nascentia’s foundational pillars and values.
Andrea Lazarek-LaQuay, Nascentia’s chief clinical officer, received the President’s Award. She leads Nascentia’s clinical team of nurses and other practitioners and truly stepped up to lead the firm’s response to the Covid pandemic over the past year. She managed the firm’s partnership with Onondaga County to staff Covid testing centers for more than a year, and also spearheaded the county’s first at-home vaccination program. As a registered nurse, she stepped onto the front lines with her team to deliver critical Covid-related services to Central New York. She lives in Clay.
The following employees were honored with Heart of Home Care Awards.
- Gayle Sojda, a home health aide, has been with Nascentia for three years. She is known for her excellent work with dementia patients, and is a 24-hour aide for an individual who needs significant care. She is a resident of Whitesboro.
- Ellie Greenfield, a registered nurse, has spent the last year balancing her duties as an in-home skilled nurse with staffing Covid testing clinics and, more recently, giving vaccines to Nascentia’s homebound clients. She has been with the firm for nearly four years. She lives in Auburn.
- Maria Herold, a registered nurse, has been at Nascentia for more than three years. She stepped up to staff the testing clinic at the F-Shed at the Regional Market for much of 2020 and is now traveling to remote areas to administer Covid vaccines. At the same time, she continues to manage her home care patients who rely on her. She is a resident of Marietta.
- Nicole Christmas, a registered nurse, worked for months with Nascentia’s Covid testing team and now is part of our the vaccination program. She also continues to provide critical in-home nursing care for patients. She lives in Cicero.
Nascentia Health is a Syracuse-based healthcare company with 130 years of experience providing in-home skilled nursing and home health aide services in Central New York. Nascentia also offers several insurance products, including Medicare Advantage plans and a managed long-term care plan. For the past year, Nascentia partnered with Onondaga County to staff Covid testing sites and recently began the county’s first home vaccine program for Covid. The firm is headquartered on West Genesee St. in Syracuse and employs more than 500 staff across New York state.
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