Rock Hill, SC resident Melissa Allman has been appointed to the position of Member-at-Large for the South Carolina Home Care & Hospice Association (SCHCA).

“We are extremely pleased to have Melissa Allman join the SCHCA Board,” said SCHCA President and CEO Tim Rogers. “We look forward to collaborating with her expertise in the home care industry.”

SCHCA is managed by the Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina (AHHC). Established in 1972, AHHC is one of the oldest and largest organizations of its kind in the nation, representing over 800 licensed agencies who in turn serve over 500,000 patients in all 100 NC counties.

In addition to her leadership position as an area director for BAYADA Home Health Care, a leading provider of home health care services with 250 offices in 25 states, Allman has served for 10 years as a BAYADA Government Affairs Ambassador for South Carolina. This role has allowed her to engage in grass roots advocacy to support improved access to home care for area residents, and for fair reimbursement for the health care professionals who make it possible for people to live in the comfort of home, where they want to be.

“I have witnessed how nurses and home health aides can make such a significant difference in the quality of life for people who want to remain in the comfort and safety of home,” shared Allman. “I look forward to using my passion for those who receive care in the home to help the SCHCA continue to grow their membership and to solidify their role as a leader, educator, and driving force for positive change.”

Allman has worked to develop a waiver to provide comprehensive care at home for medically fragile children with complex clinical needs. She was also involved in efforts to reverse a decision to eliminate an enhanced high-tech, high-risk waiver for this same population of children with special needs.

“Melissa is a strong, passionate advocate for South Carolina children and adults who rely on care at home,” said BAYADA Division Director Ali Genthner. “She has testified at legislative public hearings to maintain Medicaid waivers, and has developed tools and resources to educate families, caregivers, case managers, and legislators on how to navigate through the home care process and to ensure that residents receive the best possible care at home. I know that through the SCHCA, Melissa will continue to fight for those who are unable to fight for themselves.”

Established in 1979, SCHCA was created as a nonprofit trade association for home health agencies that provide Medicare-certified skilled care. Today, the Association has expanded to represent the leading certified home health agencies, hospices, and private duty home care agencies across the state. SCHCA’s mission continues to be the provision of resources, education, advocacy, and leadership in home care.

Founded in 1975 by J. Mark Baiada, BAYADA Home Health Care provides nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic, hospice, and assistive care services to children, adults, and seniors in the comfort of their homes. Headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, BAYADA employs more than 18,000 nurses, home health aides, therapists, medical social workers, and other home health care professionals who serve their communities in 25 states from more than 250 offices. For more information, visit www.bayada.com.

 

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