Francesca Sommer Ms. Sommer joined NYCQAL as Executive Director in December 2005, and together with the Board, has helped to form the organization's corporate infrastructure, shape its mission and develop its advocacy agenda.
Previously, as the Health Care and Regulatory Advisor to the Health Law Practice of O'Connell and Aronowitz
, where as a non-lawyer, in the firm's health law practice, she
worked with clients on various federal and state regulatory matters and Certificate of Need (CON). From 1993 to 2004, Ms. Sommer served as Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), a trade association representing over 550 hospitals and health systems, nursing homes and home care providers.
tenure at HANYS
, Ms. Sommer
was responsible for health care policy development, advocacy and member representation at the state and federal level on a wide variety of regulatory and legislative matters. Ms. Sommer
was HANYS' point person on advocacy activities regarding health care reform, health planning, bioterrorism and emergency preparedness.She
has been active at both the national and state levels on a number of regulatory initiatives, including federal EMTALA, and many other Medicare and Medicaid regulations impacting providers. Prior to her tenure at HANYS, Ms. Sommer held several key senior level management positions in the disabilities field, where she was responsible for all phases of strategic planning, and regulatory compliance for long term care facilities and other residential programs, continuing treatment programs and specialty diagnostic and treatment clinics. Ms. Sommer has served as faculty in the Graduate School of Social Work at the State University of New York at Buffalo, as an instructor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the State University College at Buffalo, and at the Graduate Division for Health Service Administration at Sage College. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Council on Community Services of New York State, the New York State Chapter of the National Rural Health Association, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.