Chief Operating Officer Honored with Excellence in Health Care Award

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2016 Excellence in Health Care Awards
Cheryl Manna, chief operating officer and recipient of the 2016 Community Partner/Advocate of the Year Award (left) poses with Kate Rolf, MBA, CHCE, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, at the 2016 Excellence in Health Care Awards.

Cheryl Manna, chief operating officer, VNA Homecare, was presented with the Community Partner/Advocate of the Year Award at the 5th Annual Excellence in Health Care Awards on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

Presented by Bankers Healthcare Group, Inc., the Business Journal News Network and BizEventz, the Excellence in Health Care Awards recognize Central New York health care industry leaders, innovators and companies who have made a significant impact on the quality of health care and services throughout the community.  Specifically, the Community Partner/Advocate of the Year Award honors an organization or individual who has successfully implemented a program that has addressed and acknowledged problems in health care administration or in the delivery of health care.

In nominating Manna for the Community Partner/Advocate of the Year Award, Kate Rolf, MBA, CHCE, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, cited Manna’s commitment to embracing innovative solutions for remaining relevant in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

“Ms. Manna’s strategic-minded approach lends itself well to acknowledging and addressing challenges in the delivery of care to those in our immediate community and beyond,” Rolf said.  “As such, she has made significant contributions to nearly every aspect of our system, most notably the Eldercare Social Day Program and VNA Homecare Options, our Managed Long-Term Care program.  She is a talented, hard-working and intelligent individual who is always ready to rise to the challenge.”

With more than 25 years of home care management experience, Manna was appointed Director of Operations for VNA Homecare’s MLTC Program in 2013 and was promoted to her current position as the system’s Chief Operating Officer in 2015.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management from SUNY Polytechnic Institute (formerly SUNYIT) and was the 2006 recipient of the Outstanding Health Services Management Student Award.  Manna is also an active member of several community organizations, including the National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), the Home Care Association of New York State (HCA-NYS), the Health Friends Board of Directors and the LeadingAge New York MLTC/PACE Cabinet. Prior to joining VNA Homecare, she served as Regional Director of Network Development for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

“It’s both an honor and a privilege to be recognized for doing what I’m passionate about,” Manna said. “I consider myself lucky to be in a position where I can work to make a real difference in our community’s health care environment.”