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SCHCHA Announces 2024 H.O.M.E. Award Winners


Susan Franklin, Director of Marketing and Communications, SCHCHA

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Charleston, SC – September 13, 2023 – The South Carolina Home Care & Hospice Association (SCHCHA) presented its 2023 H.O.M.E. (Honoring Outstanding Merit & Excellence) Awards at their Annual Conference & Expo in Charleston, SC.  These awards recognize the excellence of individuals who are dedicated to promoting healing, extending life, and alleviating pain and suffering, all the while keeping families together and providing the greatest degree of freedom, independence, and dignity possible.

These are the true heroes in home care, home health and hospice, who serve on the front line every day, encountering numerous challenges often with a smile on their face and a fierce determination to persevere on behalf of their patients. The Awards were presented by SCHCHA’s President and CEO, Tim Rogers.

The recipients are as follows:

Physician of the Year:
Dr. Thomas Trautmann, MD – VIA Health Partners

Professional of the Year:
Robbie Manley, RN, BSN – NHC HomeCare Laurens

The Professional of the Year award is designed to recognize a deserving nominee who may be but is not limited to: a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, therapist, therapy assistant, nutritionist, pharmacist, clergy/chaplain, or social worker who has worked in home care and/or hospice for a minimum of three years. This award is intended to recognize a clinical professional in a direct care or mid-level management role. Robbie was nominated by Tracie Tumblin, NHC Homecare Laurens who had the following to say about her, “Robbie has provided exemplary patient care for our patients. Robbie’s priorities have always been her patients. Hundreds of phone calls and letters have been submitted raving about her care and compassion over the past years. She has committed almost half her life to our company and patients. Her documentation is impeccable. She has gone to battle numerous times with insurance companies, doctors, pharmacies, and family members to ensure her patients got the very best care and everything they needed. She is the embodiment of what a true homecare nurse should be.”

The award for Physician of the Year is presented to a physician who has demonstrated a philosophical commitment to assisting home health and/or hospice patients who wish to remain at home.
“He consistently goes above and beyond to ensure his patients receive the best care possible. He doesn’t hesitate to reach out to other providers to obtain additional background information or to aid in developing their plan of care. We affectionately call him a detective when it comes to tracking down a patient’s past medical history or finding alternative care for one of his patients. He often volunteers to call a patient’s family or a previous provider to answer questions or provide educational information. His knowledge and humility make him a great mentor for those around him.  He graciously makes himself available to staff even on his day off.  He always has something encouraging and supportive to say. Dr. Trautmann exemplifies a person who is willing to go the extra mile to help those in need.  He makes an incredible impact to not only his patients, but those that have the privilege of working with him,” said Cindy Eppley who nominated Dr. Trautmann.

Nominees for the H.O.M.E. Awards are submitted annually and SCHCHA’s PR Committee has the important task of selecting the winners each year. The Awards are presented each year at the SCHCHA’s Annual Conference. Congratulations to all the nominees and to this year’s Award Recipients!

The South Carolina Home Care & Hospice Association (SCHCHA) is a nonprofit trade association representing providers of home health, hospice, palliative care, and personal care services. The Association was established in 1979 and currently has a membership of over 250 provider agencies and vendors, who provide products and services to providers. SCHCHA's mission is to provide Resources, Education, Advocacy and Leadership. Services include: technical assistance, monthly newsletters, quality educational programs, annual directory, email alerts, and political lobbying. SCHCHA strongly advocates for their members and the many patients they serve, and is recognized by colleagues, regulators, and legislators as one of the most active and effective home care and hospice associations in the US.



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