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HCR Home Care exec recognized

Louise Woerner

Louise Woerner

HCR Home Care CEO and Chair Louise Woerner of Rochester has been recognized with the Distinguished Service Award from the Rochester Academy of Medicine.

The annual award recognizes medical professionals who have given back to the local community. Woerner was selected for her service to the medical and health care professions as an entrepreneur and philanthropist, and for being “a trailblazer in health care.”

She was nominated by Dr. William M. Valenti, clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and senior vice president of organizational advancement and staff physician at Trillium Health.

In his nomination letter, Dr. Valenti cited Louise Woerner’s work to found HCR Home Care in 1978, to expand the company into other regions across New York state, and to offer innovative programs, such as transcultural and LGBT care. In addition, Woerner was cited for being the first non-nurse inducted into the American Academy of Nursing and for founding the National Institute of Nursing Research.