What is the Cultural Diversity Endowment Fund?

On behalf of the New York Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators Academy of Long Term Care Leadership and Development, we are asking you to join us in our fundraising efforts for the Sister Joan Cassidy and Michael Cuseo Cultural Diversity Endowment.

The Cultural Diversity Endowment Fund (CDEF) is a perpetual endowment instrument of the ACHCA-NY Chapter. This endowment fund will reach out to culturally diverse groups in an effort to increase their involvement and active participation in ACHCA. Cultural Diversity involves including new administrators and individuals of diverse backgrounds, particularly minorites who are under- represented in long term care administration. The fund has the following specific objectives:

1. To recruit new members to ACHCA from a broad range of culturally diverse groups
2. To support the education and professional development of new members in the College and the health care administration profession
3. To promote increased attendance at the annual conventions/convocations of ACHCA.

The fund endeavors to commemorate the loss of our beloved member, Sister Joan Cassidy, CNHA, FACHCA, who passed away on October 15, 1998 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was a member of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Halifax. Loved by all who knew her, she was well respected in the long-term care world. She embodied the highest moral qualities and brought a level of professionalism and ethics to ACHCA on both a state and national level.

Michael Cuseo was instrumental in establishing Chem Rx as the premiere Long-Term Care pharmacy in New York. He generously devoted his time, talents and professional efforts as Chem Rx’s Supervising Pharmacist for over thirty years. Michael took a deep interest in the pharmaceutical aspects of the nursing home industry, but more importantly, will be remembered for his warm personality and infectious sense of humor. All who were fortunate enough to make his acquaintance, will fondly remember Michael.

In 1998, the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) granted the first award from the Sister Joan Cassidy Endowment Fund. In 2007, the New York Chapter of ACHCA proposed to honor Michael Cuseo of Chem Rx and to change the name of the fund to the Sister Joan Cassidy and Michael Cuseo Cultural Endowment Fund.

The President’s Award, presented annually at this event, is the most prestigious honor that the New York Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators bestows to individuals who represent the ideals and mission of the College, and the integrity, and cultural diversity as defined by Sr. Joan Cassidy and Michael Cuseo through their leadership and dedication on to the College. It is with that in mind that we will be honoring Joseph Peixoto of Procare LTC Pharmacy.

There will also be a special presentation to Sr.Audrey Harsen of Our Lady of Consola on Nursing and Rehabilitative Care Center who will receive the Chapter’s Distinguished Service Award for over forty years of service to the New York Membership. Her dedication and sincerity to our mission and ideals has created a path for all to follow.

We look forward to seeing all of our friends and associates at this worthwhile event.

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