The Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire presented its 2022 Maryellen LaRoche Public Policy Award to Lake Sunapee VNA CEO Jim Culhane at their Annual Meeting this June in Meredith. The Maryellen LaRoche Public Policy Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to hospice and home health care in New Hampshire through leadership in the public policy arena.

“Jim’s contributions to home care and hospice in New Hampshire have been invaluable,” said Gina Balkus, CEO of the Home Care Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance. “He has always answered the call to advocate for people who rely on this care.”

Culhane has served on the Alliance Board of Directors and Legislative Committee. He has testified on the Medicaid and Choices for Independence budgets at the State House, met with the Governor and legislators on key issues, spent countless hours reviewing and providing feedback on regulatory proposals, and served on the state's Disaster Medical Care Advisory Committee, which dealt with access to care for COVID patients. 

His participation in health delivery and advocacy groups has provided opportunities to share knowledge among health and human service agencies, community leaders, municipalities, and legislators.

The Alliance membership includes not-for-profit and proprietary agencies licensed to provide home health and hospice services in New Hampshire and hospital-based palliative care programs. Members provide services for thousands of New Hampshire residents from birth through end of life.

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