Terry Yonker, FNP honored with the Rosemarie Forstner Award

Terry Yonker, FNP honored with the Rosemarie Forstner Award for developing programs to improve healthcare

 Penn Yan, NY — December 2, 2013 — Finger Lakes Community Health, an independent group of federally qualified community health centers, is pleased to announce that Terry J. Yonker, RN, MS, FNP was given the Rosemarie Forstner Award at the recent  Community Health Care Association of NYS (CHCANYS) Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY.  This prestigious award recognizes Ms. Yonker for her tireless work as the Telehealth Clinical Coordinator for Finger Lakes Community Health that includes the implementation of nationally recognized telehealth programming to provide access to a range of healthcare providers for our patients.   The Rosemarie Forstner Award is presented annually to an individual in honor of their efforts and advocacy to ensure quality health care as well as a strong commitment to the mission of community health centers.

“We are very proud of Terry and her commitment to providing the very best healthcare solutions for our patients.     The success of our Telehealth program is a testament to her dedication to providing expanded access to care.  She has advanced our Telehealth Program, which allows us to reach out to other healthcare providers near and far on behalf of the communities that we serve.” says Mary Zelazny, CEO, Finger Lakes Community Health.

The Finger Lakes Telehealth Network is unique in that it strives for a collaborative approach amongst a variety of healthcare providers across the region.  Patients in rural areas are given access via video to specialists and other care providers as well as offering distance learning and peer to peer educational opportunities.  In addition, it reduces travel time and other costs for patients that may not otherwise have had access to those services.