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2018 Home Health Section Awards: Karen Yong

Tuesday, January 30, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Robin Childers
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Karen Yong PhotoThe Home Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) will recognize Section member Karen Yong, PT, MA with the Section’s first Excellence in Home Health Leadership Award at a Section awards ceremony in New Orleans in February.

Ms. Yong has over three decades of clinical and management experience in multiple settings with more than 20 of those years in home health. Her passion for home health started as a new graduate taking on her first physical therapist (PT) job in home health 33 years ago. Her mission then was: how to affect change and bring out the best from those she serves at home, one patient at a time. Over the years, her mission expanded to bringing out the best in the clinicians whom she hires, trains and leads. Her vision of excellence in home health has evolved to nationwide impact with her educational seminars and involvement as a member of the Home Health Section Practice Committee.

Ms. Yong was instrumental in leading and facilitating the Value Statement Work Group to meet a charge from the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) House of Delegate (HOD) to define value in the home health practice setting. The value statement approval process is an arduous one and as a leader, she kept the team focused on the task and united the group in creating consensus for the statement ultimately approved by the Practice Committee, Home Health Section Executive Committee, APTA, and most importantly, by the members of the Home Health Section. She showed true leadership in moving the group toward project completion in a manner that expressed respect for the views and opinions of each member and encouraged dialog as the value statement evolved.

The Excellence in Home Health Leadership Award recognizes the exceptional contribution of a Home Health Section member in promoting home health physical therapy practice through numerous ways, including the development, organization or implementation of a project or program that benefits the consumers of home health physical therapy services.

Home Health Section awards and honors will be presented immediately following the Home Health Section’s Business Meeting on February 23, 2018, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, Churchill C Room, during APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting.

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