Terri Santangelo was truly an unsung home care hero –– she did not just work in home care, she was home care. Terri served on HCAF's Board of Directors during her 26 years in the industry, and was elected its President in 2012. She was taken from her loving family, friends, and her colleagues in the home care industry on May 16, 2013. Her husband Matt said it best, “My Terri had an enormously big heart, it gave and gave so much to others, but in that one moment, it was just not quite strong enough to give anymore."
She spent her career in home care in South Florida, where she last served as Vice President of Clinical Operations at FirstLantic Healthcare. She was also an active member of the Association of Coders. In recognition of her dedication to the industry and to HCAF, the Terri Santangelo Outstanding Leader Award is bestowed annually.
We were all blessed by Terri and will continue to be so. Our friend, colleague, and leader will be sorely missed as we continue to follow her example, laboring with our hands and hearts.