Elida Hernandez

PBN Health Care Heroes 2024
Entrepreneurship: ELIDA HERNANDEZ
Joy Home Care Inc. CEO and president

What led you to choose health care as your profession? It was the love I have to help others, specifically children and the elderly.

How have you helped boost the quality of or access to health care? I have helped by providing the community with home care services where people feel like they are part of a family and that they are not alone.

What is the biggest challenge you and your organization are facing this year? The biggest challenge we are facing is that many of our patients have been losing their home care service hours because their insurance has been denying them.

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What more do you feel the state can do to help further support the health care sector in Rhode Island? We need more social workers and for the social workers to be more connected to the patients because there are patients who do not have beds to sleep on, they do not have wheelchairs or food. When we receive these kinds of patients in our home care, we try to provide them with as many resources as possible, but the state should be more aware of these situations.

Tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you. One thing that most people don’t know about me is that I not only help my community in Rhode Island, I also help my home country, the Dominican Republic. There, I provide people in need with food and [help] students to pay their tuition in college.