"As an on-site/hands-on administrator I am always available to speak directly with patients, family members, employees and the health care community to listen to their concerns and resolve issues."
Mr. Shames is a graduate of Allegheny College (Class of 1971).He served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army and, after working for various home care companies in the New York metropolitan area, co-founded Neighbors Home Care in 1985.With over 40 years of home care experience, Mr. Shames has participated in many aspects of the home health care industry and has authored and co-authored innovative articles that have been published in academic and industry journals.He has served on the Board of Directors of a New York City Home Attendant Vender Agency, a Bronx-based Senior Citizens Center, a Long Island-based Children and Family Services Agency, and on the Advisory Board/Committee to a Bronx-based Certified Home Health Agency.He also served as Secretary and Vice Chairman of the Board of Health Care Providers (HCP) for Licensed Home Care Services Agencies and as the President of the New York City Chapter of HCP.
Mr. Shames has made numerous presentations at the New York State Home Care Association’s annual meetings as well as the National Association of Home Care’s annual meetings. In 2003, he was given the Founder’s Spirit Award in recognition of his efforts to promote awareness and appreciation of home and community-based services. In 2009, he was appointed by the New York State Commissioner of Health to serve on the Home Health Care Reimbursement Workgroup. He also served on the New York State Department of Health for its revisions to the Operation of a Home Health Aide Training Program. In 2012 Mr. Shames was the recipient of theEdna A Lauterbach Member of the Year Award.