Community Care of WNY Announces New CEO

Liz Urbanski-Farrell

Community Care of Western New York welcomes Liz Urbanski-Farrell as newly named Chief Executive Officer and President and CEO of Total Senior Care.

“For me personally, this position brings together my extensive education and experience in healthcare with my lived experience as a family member who has seen Hospice in action in the care of my own father, father-in-law and additional family and friends. I have also experienced the gift of homecare for elderly and disabled family members which allowed them to remain at home or in lower acuity and less expensive settings than would otherwise be possible. The savings and gift of improved quality of life for participants in PACE programs, homecare and Hospice are well-documented and are particularly important now as a way of addressing skyrocketing healthcare costs for population.”

“It is a high honor to be working with Community Care of Western New York’s volunteers, donors and employees—in particular our aides, nurses, physicians and therapists who have worked under unusually challenging conditions these past two years to ensure that our critical homecare, PACE program, adult day program and hospice care services continue to be provided throughout Cattaraugus, Allegany, Wyoming, and Genesee counties.”

“In the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to see close-up the impact of Carol’s work on the Southern Tier of Western New York. The strength of Community Care’s senior team and the firm foundation Carol Mahoney has laid were key elements leading me to accept this position. Moving forward and working with our boards and leadership, we will continue to guide our programs through ongoing pandemic-related challenges and to work with community partners to innovate and enhance the services we provide.”

Liz brings more than 14 years of experience in the field of healthcare in addition to experience in the fields of paralegal work and journalism. Most recently Liz was Director of Member Services and Government Relations for the Western New York Healthcare Association (now known as the Healthcare Association of Western and Central New York) a regional affiliate of the Healthcare Association of New York State. In that position she worked closely with hospital executives and nursing leadership, financial officers, human resources directors, quality and patient safety managers, compliance officers and security officers to improve the quality of patient care and share best practices in the eight counties of Western New York as Director of Member Services and Government Relations. In addition, Liz brings professional experience from her work with Aspire Center for Living, Presbyterian Homes of Western New York, and the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital.

She holds a Master of Science Degree from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Business at Cornell University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Buffalo State College.

Liz is a board member of Healthy Community Alliance in Gowanda, a rural health network serving Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and southern Erie counties and chairs the Board of Managers of the Community-Based Organization consortium of Upstate NY. She is also a Policy Committee Member of the New York State Association for Rural Health (NYSARH).

Liz has recently relocated from Buffalo to the Olean area with her husband Daniel. They have a daughter and a son who recently graduated from college and high school.

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