There are two people who have done more for home care and hospice than nearly anyone who has worked in our field. They are brothers. One retired a few years ago, the other will retire at the end of this year. They are Bill Simione and Bob Simione, two incredibly talented, dedicated, ethical and generous leaders from Simione Healthcare Consultants.
I have known Bill and Bob for nearly forty years. When I joined the field in 1978, both were generous with their time helping me to understand some of the unique idiosyncrasies of the field. When Fazzi got involved with the devastation from Hurricane Katrina, it was Bill and Bob who immediately offered to join with us in a fundraising webinar, one that raised over $60,000. They have been consistent maximum donors to the Home Care PAC. Both have been on the NAHC Board and various state Boards. Both have led the Financial Manager Association, the single most effective NAHC affiliated entity.
Bill and Bob have been important advocates for our industry, testifying numerous times on key home care bills. Both have provided insightful and comprehensive presentations to state and national associations. Both have provided invaluable services to agencies and have generously given their time to provide our trade publications with facts and insights that writers were able to share with readers throughout the country.
There is a tone in our field that is different than in most other industries. It is a tone where competitors, whether agency competitors or vendor competitors often come together to share insights that can be of benefit to others. Bill and Bob not only exemplify this type of support, I believe it was their early leadership in being open to helping others that set the standard for our industry, a standard that we continue to see today.
Bill Simioine and Bob Simione didn’t simply work in the home care and hospice field, they deeply cared about it. They are industry giants that represent the ethical and moral best of our industry. We all owe them our debt of gratitude for their decades of leadership and compassion. And, from all of us at Fazzi, our sincere thanks for helping to elevate the quality and esteem of our industry and of the thousands of home care and hospice agencies throughout the US. We are a better industry and better professionals because of all you’ve done.