DeLissio named LeadingAge PA Legislator of Distinction

PHILADELPHIA, June 17 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., on Thursday was awarded the LeadingAge PA Legislator of Distinction Award for 2016.

LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations that provide housing, health care and community services primarily to the elderly. DeLissio was recognized for her passion, advocacy and support for legislation that addresses the delivery of quality services to those in need regardless of income.

DeLissio was recognized for being a strong partner for grassroots advocacy groups and in providing strategies on how long-term care providers can engage and participate in the advocacy process.

At its annual conference in Hershey on Thursday, Ron Barth, president and CEO of Leading Age PA said: “Pam has had a tremendous impact in our field of providing long-term care to seniors. One of a number of heavy lifts Pam assisted us with took place a year ago, when Pam stepped up to assist in stopping the Department of Human Services proposed changes to the Budget Adjustment Factor for Medical Assistance rates for nursing facilities. This gained the support of many other legislators, however, Pam more than any other got involved with the issue, supported nonprofit providers and was instrumental in making sure that the BAF change – which would have resulted in the transfer of $3.59 million in MA funding from many LeadingAge PA providers to out-of-state for-profit corporations – did not take place.” 

Barth went on to acknowledge DeLissio as being recognized extensively by her colleagues and within the House for her strong leadership skills and depth of knowledge on issues related to long-term care.

Through her initial work as administrator of the Roxborough Home for Women and then as president of the Kearsley Retirement Community – for which she orchestrated a $15 million expansion project – and as an active member of the then PANPHA board, DeLissio has worked tirelessly to ensure that senior housing and service needs are met, regardless of limited financial resources, Barth said.

DeLissio’s involvement extends to her volunteer work for professional associations and community organizations, and she has received numerous recognitions, including Honorable Mention from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, for the AAHSA Development Corporation/B.C. Ziegler & Company Strategic Financial Fellowship, and as one of Pennsylvania's Best 50 Women in Business.

Through her current role serving as state representative for Pennsylvania’s 194th Legislative District, DeLissio continues offering her expertise to her colleagues due to her firsthand knowledge over the course of her 30-year career. She has served on the Aging and Older Adult Services Committee since was elected to office in 2010. 

In recognition of her dedication and outstanding service on behalf of not for profit providers of services for older adults and Pennsylvania’s seniors, DeLissio said that she was honored and privileged to accept this award.