Please join us in congratulating the Center's President & CEO Greg Sorrentino for his well-deserved recognition as an
Empire Blue Cross Whole Health Hero Honoree!
Greg never stops advocating for individuals with disabilities and their families, to ensure that the Center can provide the best support to anyone who needs us. Congratulations and thank you to Greg for his continued commitment and dedication to the people the Center supports every day, and especially during a year full of unforeseen challenges.
"The Center for Disability Services (CFDS) is responsible for safeguarding 12,000 participants with disabilities at 80 sites throughout 15 counties. 2,500 employees provide medical, educational, adult day habilitation, residential, and other support services.
The Center's mission has endured throughout COVID-19 thanks to Greg Sorrentino's leadership as President & CEO. His foremost concern since March 2020 has been ensuring continuity of care. He implemented tele-medicine, tele-health and tele-education to continue daily services and respond to acute needs.
Sorrentino pivoted equipment to where it was needed so frontline care continued. He helped set up two respite facilities for Center program participants who might contract the virus and established a step-down facility for anyone discharged from the hospital, but unable to return home immediately. He secured financial and product donations of Personal Protective Equipment for Center programs and services.
Sorrentino committed the Center's Life Quality Solutions Incubator to manufacture plastic face shields for front line medical personnel. The incubator made more than 800 shields, which were donated to Albany Medical Center and St. Catherine's Center for Children. The shields were also used in Center Health Care's medical and dental clinics and other programs.
Sorrentino established a pandemic food distribution program and personally delivered food and other essentials to group homes.
He rallied Center staff by recognizing hard work and sacrifice during this stressful time, including special recognition moments for critical care providers.
One of Center’s services is providing jobs for a population that experiences frequent discrimination. The Center’s Mail Fulfillment operation planned to increase its workforce for a new contract for a large government agency. When the contract was halted by the NYS Division of Budget, Sorrentino acted quickly to educate decision makers on the consequences. He spoke publicly, joined by local legislators and stressed the job loss associated with the contract would have lasting impact, particularly during a pandemic."