Regional Hospice and Home Care’s President & CEO, Cynthia Emiry Roy is on track to share and acquire new ideas from the best and brightest of her generation. Roy was recently named a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), an international group of leaders from the business and nonprofit sector under age 45 from 130 countries.
Members of YPO are peers who share in common the achievement of success at an early age; a commitment to learning as a lifelong adventure; and a desire to connect authentically in an environment of trust and confidentiality. Roy is only one of only a few women in the YPO’s Fairchester Chapter encompassing Westchester and Fairfield Counties.
Roy was the vision and force behind the Center for Comfort Care & Healing that opened in February of 2015. The center is a 12-bed, private patient suite, state-of-the-art, inpatient, specialty hospice facility with amenities for families to stay with loved ones—the first of its kind in the State of Connecticut. Since the center’s opening last year, Regional Hospice has cared for more than 850 patients and their families, both in the center and in their homes, from Connecticut and nine states throughout the United States.
After spending nine years as executive director of another hospice, Roy was drawn to Regional Hospice and Home Care in Danbury in 2007 by its unique bereavement program, the Healing Hearts Center for Grief and Loss. A licensed clinical social worker, she has worked with families coping with end-of-life issues throughout her career. Roy saw an unmet need and planned to take the thirty-year-old hospice and palliative home care agency in the direction of offering an inpatient option. A quick study, Roy soon acquired new depths of understanding of a much wider regional need; financial feasibility; the optimum design for patient care, comfort and family support; revising antiquated state regulations; and structuring a development plan.
Together with her volunteer board of directors, Roy marshalled community generosity and raised the $10 million needed to build the new center, all while ensuring adequate funds to sustain the highest level of clinical care for which the agency is known and the continued support of its award-winning bereavement programs.
“It’s an honor to be part of a prestigious group of young presidents whose experiences are vast. We all have so much to learn from and teach each other. I have learned so much building our dream of an inpatient center, and I am so pleased to be given the opportunity to be part of an amazing group of innovative thought leaders,” said Roy. Chairman of the Regional Hospice and Home Care Volunteer Board of Directors, John Royce recently endorsed Roy’s appointment, “I have known and worked with Cynthia for over five years. Her leadership, her vision, her passion for her work and her character are all impressive beyond measure. She will surely be a terrific addition to the YPO.”
The Young Presidents’ Organization was founded in 1950 by manufacturer Ray Hickok who, at the age of 27, inherited his family’s 300-employee company in New York. He and other young presidents began meeting regularly as a peer network looking to become better leaders by learning from each other. Today the YPO provides 24,000 peers and their families, from throughout the world, with access to unique educational and networking experiences designed to support their business, community and personal leadership.
Regional Hospice and Home Care’s team of experienced clinicians have been providing physical, emotional, spiritual and bereavement support to children, adults and their families through our palliative and hospice care program for the past 30 years. Regional Hospice and Home Care is a nonprofit, state-licensed and Medicare-certified home health care and hospice agency. Now, with the opening of our new private-room, specialty hospital for palliative and end-of-life care — the Center for Comfort Care & Healing — Regional Hospice and Home Care can bring that same hope and compassionate care close to home and under one roof.
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