On September 6, Alliance Homecare co-founders Michele (Leahy) Teter, of Pearl River, and Diane (O’Dea) Sirakovsky, of Orangeburg, were honored at the 2017 Irish America Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 Awards dinner. The dinner is co-hosted by Irish America Magazine and Dublin-based ICON plc, one of the world’s leading clinical research companies.

The Annual Irish America Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 list honors top Irish and Irish American doctors, clinical researchers, pharmaceutical leaders, and medical professionals, highlighting the work they are doing to improve the lives of their communities and the healthcare industry.

Michele Teter and Diane Sirakovsky co-founded Alliance Homecare, a concierge home health care provider serving individuals and families in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley, in 2006 with the company’s CEO, Gregory Solometo.

“There has been a strong tradition of Irish women in the nursing industry dating back to the founding of the state,” said Patricia Harty of Irish America Magazine. “In honoring Diane and Michele, co-founders of Alliance Homecare, Irish America honors the thousands of Irish nurses who, down through the generations, have given patients the best of care, compassion and solace, whether in hospitals, on the battle fields, or in private practice.”

The Leahy family, originally from Counties Kilkenny and Galway, and O’Dea family, originally from County Clare, emigrated from Ireland in the 1960s.

As Alliance Homecare’s Director of Patient Services, Michele (Leahy) Teter oversees all nursing cases and coordinates care with case managers to ensure the highest quality of care. She also works directly with doctors and families as a case manager to develop appropriate care plans specific to patients’ needs. In 2008, Teter received her CCRN and is now held to the highest standard of critical care. She received a B.S. in Nursing from Dominican College and currently resides in Pearl River.

Diane (O’Dea) Sirakovsky heads Alliance Homecare’s caregiver education program the director of Education. In this capacity, Sirakovsky researches, selects, and evaluates educational material used to provide continuing education for the homecare staff. She started working in homecare in 2003 and continues to care for chronically and acutely ill patients in the home setting. Sirakovsky received a B.S. in Nursing at Dominican College and attended Columbia University for graduate studies in nursing. She currently resides in Orangeburg, NY.

“For more than a decade, Michele and Diane have dedicated themselves to ensuring all Alliance clients and their families receive the best possible care,” said Greg Solometo, co-founder and CEO of Alliance Homecare. “They continue to be a driving force behind our success and an inspiration to the entire Alliance team. I cannot think of two more deserving individuals for this honor.”

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