Home Infusion Community Mourns Loss of Past Board Chair And Industry Leader Lynn Giglione
Dear NHIA Community,
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.
Lynn would often refer to the alternate-site infusion industry as “her home.” After graduating from nursing school, Lynn became a staff nurse with Shadyside Hospital, later assuming the role of Unit Director for the IV team. Lynn’s career path led her to leadership positions at Keystone Medical Equipment, Critical Care America, and Apria Healthcare, before joining Chartwell Pennsylvania, LP, as General Manager in 1998. She was named General Manager of the Year in 2000, 2002, 2005, and 2008. She was subsequently named Chief Operating Officer and in 2011 was appointed President.
Lynn shared her life experiences, skills, and leadership to support various community and national organizations. For more than a decade Lynn volunteered for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and was their Board Chair in 2008. She dedicated most of her time chairing the Medical Advisory Group which focuses on providing education to medical professionals regarding the etiology, symptoms, and treatment of the disease. Her contributions earned her the Coalition’s Volunteer of the Year award in 2012. For over 12 years she served as a lector for the St. Ferdinand Catholic Church and volunteered each week to spend time with seniors who had no families.
Without question, Lynn dedicated most of her life to improving the lives of others. Her passion and commitment to the industry are immeasurable. As we reflect upon her contributions, we are reminded of her incredible strength and resolve. Lynn inspired us with her leadership, compassion, and her tireless dedication to patients. She will be remembered for her many enduring contributions to our field. But, there is no greater way to honor her memory than to carry forward the efforts that defined her life—to improve the lives of the patients we serve, and to achieve the strategic goals we have set forth for our industry.
Lynn’s obituary will appear in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, this Friday (5/2) through Sunday (5/4) (condolences may be posted online with those papers, as well). Any condolence cards may be sent directly to Lynn’s husband, Peter Giglione, at:
100 Winterbrook Drive
Cranberry Twp, PA 16066
The Viewing and Funeral for Lynn will be as follows:
Saturday (5/3) and Sunday (5/4) 2:00 - 4:00PM and 6:00 - 8:00PM
Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry
2678 Rochester Road
Cranberry Twp, PA 16066
Monday (5/5) 12:00PM
St. Ferdinand’s Catholic Church
2535 Rochester Road
Cranberry Twp, PA 16066
Lynn’s family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Pittsburgh Chapter:
6507 Wilkins Avenue, Suite 100
Pittsburg, PA 15217
Additionally, Lynn’s colleagues at Chartwell Pennsylvania are also creating a tribute memory book for Lynn’s family—sharing with her family members a collection of thoughts, memories, inspirations, and condolences. Anything at all you’d like to share. These pages will be bound in a book and given to her family to let them know just how much she touched our lives. Please click here for the stationary template for the Memory Book Tributes, and then scan/send NHIA your completed personal stories about Lynn (and pictures, if any) to email@example.com—or mail them to NHIA (at 100 Daingerfield Road, Alexandria, VA 22314). We will then forward your submissions directly to Chartwell Pennsylvania.
Throughout her life, and most recently in the way she faced her illness, Lynn showed us time and time again what it meant to live with strength, integrity, grace, and courage. We will miss her deeply—but we will also forever remember the truly inspirational presence that was, and will always be, Lynn Giglione.
NHIA President & CEO
NHIA Senior Vice President & COO