ALEXANDRIA, VA – National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) past board chair Lynn Giglione, RN, BSN, passed away in late April. NHIA president and CEO Russ Bodoff issued the following note to NHIA members last week…
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the April 30, 2014 passing of a beloved member of the NHIA family, NHIA Past Board Chair, Lynn Giglione, RN, BSN. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the NHIA team, we extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends and to the many patients and colleagues whose lives she so profoundly touched.
Many of you will remember Lynn as an inspirational, energetic, and dedicated leader with an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of patients and to advancing the home and specialty infusion therapy industry. Those of you who worked with her knew her as an honest, sincere, principled colleague who operated her business with the highest level of integrity. Yet, for those fortunate enough to call her friend, she was a luminous soul with the kindest of hearts whose compassion and dedication knew no boundaries.
As a member of the NHIA community for more than 18 years, Lynn put her heart and soul into ardently advancing the field through her work with NHIA. Her involvement with the Association began in 2002 with her participation and leadership on the Education Committee. Lynn then joined NHIA’s Board of Directors in 2005, was elected to the role of vice-chair in 2008, and in 2009 became Board Chair through 2010.
Not only was Lynn the first woman in NHIA history to be elected as NHIA Board Chair, but she was the first nurse to hold that vital leadership position—a fact that gave her a tremendous sense of pride. From 2011-2013 she served as Past Board Chair and as Chair of NHIA’s Board Government Affairs Committee. Earlier this year, she was appointed to the Board of the newly formed National Home Infusion Foundation (NHIF).
Through the years, Lynn actively supported NHIA with unbridled dedication and was a key driver in establishing the Association’s future strategic direction and in leading various legislative and grassroots activities. Among her most notable accomplishments was the establishment of the NHIA Standards for Ethical Practice, the formation of the NHIA Industry-Wide Data Initiative, and the hosting of NHIA’s 2009 Legislative Hill Day event.
She would often say: “That was one of the greatest achievements to take place in the history of NHIA and I am so very grateful that it took place during my watch! The entire day was definitely one that I will always cherish.” Her extraordinary work in advancing the industry and advocating on behalf of patients led to her being named the recipient of the Association’s 2013 Gene Grave’s Lifetime Achievement Award.