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in Home Care Awards

Since 2013, HCAF has recognized home care professionals for their dedication to the provision of quality home care and for their exemplary service to those they serve.

The annual Excellence in Home Care Awards are held every summer at HomeCareCon, HCAF's Annual Conference & Trade Show, and honor home care leaders, clinicians, caregivers, and advocates.

HCAF is pleased to have such individuals be a part of the Association and honored to recognize them for their tireless efforts in helping to raise the bar for home care providers throughout the state. These individuals don’t just represent home care — they are the essence of home care.

Award categories, candidate requirements, and past recipients are listed below. For more information, send us a message or call (850) 222-8967.

Terri Santangelo Outstanding Leader Award

This award is in honor of HCAF's beloved former president, Terri Santangelo. The recipient of this award will exemplify all the qualities that Terri consistently displayed as a true leader in the home care industry and will honor a home care clinical or office supervisor who has made outstanding contributions in motivating staff to achieve excellence in home care service.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Outstanding personal and professional leadership qualities
  • Exemplary team spirit
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Creativity
  • Innovative spirit
  • Dedication to patient and staff satisfaction

Past Recipients

  • 2021: Jonathan Hollander, Lee Health Home Health
  • 2020: Maria Matteson, BayCare Home Care
  • 2019: John Tyrkala, Home Care Now
  • 2018: Karen Lampert-Riley, Indian River Home Care
  • 2017: Ann Moore, Kindred At Home
  • 2016: Carol Costa, Munroe Regional Homecare
  • 2015: Colleen Christmas, Oasis Home Care
  • 2014: Lisa Rittenberg, Caring Associates
  • 2013: Alina Moser, Brookdale Senior Living
  • 2012: Maria Guadalupe Rodriguez-Viada, United HomeCare
Outstanding Professional Caregiver Award

This award honors a professional clinician who is directly involved in day-to-day home care services and who has consistently provided outstanding service to patients in their homes.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Longevity
  • Dependability
  • Commitment
  • Strong team spirit
  • Sensitivity to the needs of clients
  • Professionalism in dealing with challenging situations

Past Recipients

  • 2021: Tonya Edwards, Angels Care Home Health
  • 2020: Brielle Kanady, Allegiant Homecare
  • 2019: Kelly Feliberty, RN, Kindred at Home
  • 2018: David Mallen, Horizon HomeCare
  • 2017: Patrice Horn, MorseLife Home Care
  • 2016: Maribeth Messineo, Pinnacle Home Care
  • 2015: Anna Vanderbiest, United HomeCare
  • 2014: Carlos Nuñez, United HomeCare
  • 2013: Doriane Stern, FirstLantic Healthcare
  • 2012: Simone De Oliveira, United HomeCare
Outstanding Paraprofessional Caregiver Award

This award honors a paraprofessional caregiver who is directly involved in day-to-day home care services and who has consistently provided outstanding service to patients in their homes.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Longevity
  • Dependability
  • Commitment
  • Strong team spirit
  • Sensitivity to the needs of clients
  • Professionalism in dealing with challenging situations

Past Recipients

  • 2021: Stephanie Hennessy, B&B Home Care of Palm Beach
  • 2020: Tania Mesa, MorseLife Home Care
  • 2019: Lisa Devins, Health First Private Duty
  • 2018: Corine Bryan, MorseLife Home Care
  • 2017: Patricia Pollard, FirstLantic Nursing Services
  • 2016: Lemna Cardenty, MorseLife Home Care
  • 2015: Joe Mosley, Baptist Home Health Care
  • 2014: Alma Harris, Visiting Nurse Association
  • 2013: Mario Barlaan, Bayshore Home Care
  • 2012: Terry Rowland, Premier Care Homecare

Recognizing Award Ceremony Sponsors

Thank you to the following organizations for sponsoring the Excellence in Home Care Awards! HCAF sincerely appreciates their support for the Florida home care industry and commitment to supporting the award honorees.

If your organization is interested in sponsorship, please contact Patti Heid at pheid@homecarefla.org.

Excellence in Home Care award

President Denise Bellville presents the 2019 Excellence in Home Care Awards.