“The NYS Association of Health Care Providers began on Long Island in 1974 and today the statewide association represents 500 member agencies,” said Winters. “The LI Chapter remains as committed today as it was 36 years ago to a mission to educate and advocate for the cost-saving and personal benefits of in-home care.”
Winters earned her B.S. degree with a concentration in Adult Development and Aging from The Pennsylvania State University. Beginning as a nurse’s aide and then psychiatric social worker, Winters briefly relocated to California to work in her field before moving to Long Island to pursue her career in senior services, including five years as a Coordinator in the Nassau County Department of Senior Citizen Affairs. In the early 1990’s she moved into the private sector, developing home health care provider services for home care agencies across Long Island. She joined RegionCare — a licensed home care agency that is part of the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Systems — as Director in 2002, and is responsible for growth, marketing, and management.
In her capacity as LI Chapter President, Winters recognizes that member agencies — many of them small businesses — are sorely challenged to stay afloat in this economic downturn, and in the face of state budget delays and cuts, the new MTA tax and rising costs. “Despite the growing need and public support for the remarkable advantages of in-home care for our aging population, health care agencies are fighting to make ends meet,” said Winters. “As an Association, we are proud of our contributions to the industry in establishing professional guidelines, liaising with our representatives in government, introducing innovative programs such as telemedicine, and raising awareness of home care as an alternative to institutional care.”
Winters will preside over monthly Chapter meetings of the member agencies, work with committees on matters urgent to home health care, and attend a variety of legislative events, award luncheons and conferences addressing local issues relating to the industry. She also serves as Secretary on the NYS HCP Association Board of Directors.
“Taryn Birkmire greatly advanced our Chapter by taking an active role in representing our industry for four years and addressing pressing issues such as legislation pertaining to personal care living wage,” said Winters. “ I look forward to continuing to work with Taryn and all members of the Chapter.”
An avid reader and gardener, Winters and her husband Carmine also enjoy hiking. Her son Adam is a graduate of Penn State planning on medical school and stepdaughter Natalie is an English teacher living in Taiwan.
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The Long Island Chapter of HCP is a nonprofit trade association uniting nearly 40 licensed and certified member agencies in a code of principles for providing the highest quality of health care for residents of Nassau and Suffolk Counties. For more information on the Chapter, please visit www.nyshcp.org and click on HCP chapters.
The New York State Association of Health Care Providers, Inc. is a trade association representing over 500 offices of Licensed Home Care Service Agencies, Certified Home Health Agencies, Long Term Home Health Care Programs, Hospices and health related organizations across New York State.
HCP is a recognized source of reliable information about the home care industry among elected officials, regulators, consumers and the health care community. As one of the most respected home care associations in the nation, HCP and its members take a leadership role in raising awareness about the value and cost effectiveness of home and community-based services.