Long Receives Alumni Association President’s Award

On April 21, the UNC School of Alumni Association posthumously conferred upon Wayne Long, former CEO of Well Care Home Health, the President’s Award.

Wayne was born October 29, 1956 in Newberry, SC. Wayne’s academic and athletic accomplishments led him to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he played baseball and earned a degree in Business Administration, graduating in 1978.

A respected and visionary business leader, Wayne co-founded Well Care Health in 1987 and Farmin’ Brands in 2011. For over 25 years, Well Care Home Health, a leading provider of comprehensive home health services, has built its reputation across North Carolina as being one of the state’s most trusted providers of highly specialized, quality home health care, and currently serves 60 of 100 counties in NC, especially those in rural and underserved areas. He had great pride and joy in the professional families with whom he worked and the business successes he was instrumental in creating.

Wayne was deeply committed to giving back to the community, including service on the board of directors of Elderhaus Inc., the North Carolina Medical Commission, the University Of North Carolina Board Of Visitors, and the UNC Chapel Hill of School of Nursing Foundation, Inc.

His philanthropic gifts supported numerous charitable organizations. In 2016, Wayne established the Well Care Home Health Scholars program at the UNC School of Nursing, providing funding for graduate nursing students interested in pursuing a degree in home health. Additionally, he established a partnership with the UNC School of Nursing to offer opportunities to build the current nursing home health workforce and to establish interprofessional opportunities for all health professions students. One such opportunity was the creation of a hotspotting program — this program pairs interprofessional teams of students in
nursing, pharmacy, occupational health, and speech therapy with patients who are high-utilizers of care, and more at risk for multiple readmissions. This project has been of great benefit to the community, as it directly gives back to patients, while also engaging student learners on the complexities of chronic illness. In addition to this work, Wayne is a committed supporter of the home care benefit and the advantages it offers the community’s most frail individuals. In order to ensure the continuation of this benefit, Wayne worked tirelessly to visit lawmakers in order to raise awareness and maintain its support in the legislature.

Wayne Long passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Duke University Hospital on Friday evening, September 15, 2017. He is posthumously awarded the UNC School of Nursing Alumni Association President’s Award for his commitment and dedication to nursing and health care. While we mourn his loss, we also celebrate his life and legacy of kindness and accomplishment.