Honorees announced for West Chester’s Champions of Change event | Local-news

WEST CHESTER — The Fund for Women and Girls will host its fifth annual Champions of Change Event on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 9:30am on the Farmhouse Bistro at People’s Light and Theater.The event will honor JoAnne Reifsnyder, Phd, MSN, MBA, FAAN, for her efforts to assist and uplift ladies within the nursing andhealthcare fields.Dr. Reifsnyder is the Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations, and Chief Nursing Officer at Genesis Well beingCare. Law agency MacElree Harvey will even be honored for its dedication to profession growth and progress for feminine workers, and efforts to advance gender fairness within the office.

Dr. JoAnne Reifsnyder will obtain The Fund’s fifth annual Gladys Black ‘Woman of Distinction’ Award, named in reminiscence of The Fund’s late good friend and dedicated Board member Gladys Black. As a enterprise chief and supporter of ladies and ladies in Chester County, Gladys left an enduring influence on our neighborhood. This 12 months, we honor Dr. Reifsnyder’s dedication to supporting, mentoring, and uplifting ladies within the nursing and healthcare fields all through her profession.

In her function at Genesis Well beingCare, Dr. Reifsnyder is accountable for chief growth, nursing technique and scientific high quality, security and effectivity. She joined Genesis in 2011 as Vice President of Clinical Strategy and Implementation, and was beforehand Senior Vice President of Care Transitions at CareKinesis, Inc. Dr. Reifsnyder serves on the Board of the Hospice Foundation of America and is the previous President of the Board of Directors for the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), the National Gerontological Nurses Association (NGNA) and Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing. Dr. Reifsnyder was inducted as a Fellow within the American Academy of Nursing in 2015. She accomplished a postdoctoral fellowship in psychosocial oncology on the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and holds a PhD in nursing from the University of Maryland, an MBA from George Washington University, a grasp’s diploma in nursing from Thomas Jefferson University, and a BSN from Holy Family College.

As the one feminine member of Genesis Well beingCare’s govt administration committee, Dr. Reifsnyder is a real champion for ladies. She oversees the nursing division, social providers and high quality – which incorporates sixfemale VPs, greater than 200 Directors of Nursing, and hundreds of nurses and social employees, the overwhelming majority of whom are feminine – and is accountable for the management growth and profession progress of greater than 20,000 feminine clinicians. Through her management, Genesis Well beingCare gives feminine workers with entry to native universities, onsite coaching, digital coaching, and alternatives to maneuver up the profession ladder. In addition, Dr. Reifsnyder led the event of nursing profession ladders and the profitable achievement of the Pathway to Excellence designation atan affiliated heart in PA, one of only a handful of the nation’s roughly 15,000 nursing facilities to realize this recognition.

“JoAnne is rarely too busy to fulfill with younger ladies who’re simply starting their profession trajectories – whether or not in nursing, an allied well being career, or in enterprise. She has met with many such aspiring professionals within the native space,” says her nominator and colleague Lori Mayer, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Genesis Well beingCare. “She has devoted her life’s work to caring for people who can’t care for themselves and who’re on the finish state of life… by way of her management, she has helped different ladies to develop their very own careers and thrive in a really troublesome trade. I, together with the opposite 20,000 Genesis feminine clinicians, thank Dr. Reifsnyder for her assist, dedication, and management.”

As an advocate for its workers, MacElree Harvey acknowledges the significance of gender steadiness in a staff and the numerous advantages it brings to the group. The agency encourages feminine workers to pursue skilled and management alternatives, offering them with coaching and sources to assist their skilled progress. For occasion, the agency’s Educational Assistance Program has been utilized by feminine workers and attorneys to additional advance their careers. MacElree Harvey additionally provides work schedule flexibility, together with the chance to do business from home, to assist work-life steadiness amongst its attorneys. Its Paid Medical Leave of Absence Plan gives paid day without work for maternity depart, sickness, or accidents. Finally, MacElree Harvey companions with the Chester County Bar Association to advertise their Diversity Program, designed for first 12 months regulation college students who establish with teams traditionally discriminated towards on the idea of gender, incapacity, race, ethnicity, or gender id.

“MacElree Harvey has a historical past of development and promotion of ladies inside the agency. Most notably, our present CEO, Michelle Foster, has been promoted quite a few instances over her 19-year profession with MacElree Harvey… Eight of the present ladies Partners started their careers with MacElree Harvey as Associate Attorneys and had been promoted to Partner,” says Firm Administrator Nicole Castafero. “The Firm promotes ladies from inside, permitting for the development of their careers.”

“Now greater than ever, we’d like leaders who will bear the mantle for gender and racial fairness within the workforce, schooling, and all establishments,” says The Fund’s Executive Director, Michelle Legaspi Sánchez. “The Fund is proud to acknowledge the longstanding dedication of Dr. JoAnne Reifsnyder in addition to MacElree Harvey. Because of their management and braveness, many ladies in Chester County and past have extra alternatives to maneuver ahead.”

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