Case Management Advisor remembers longtime nurse planner Margaret Leonard, MS, RN-BC, FNP, who passed away Sept. 15.

Leonard was a respected leader in case management, nationally recognized for innovations to case management and improving the lives of countless patients. She served as vice president of Medicaid, Government, and Community Services for Hudson Health Plan, now MVP Healthcare, in Schenectady, NY, developing care coordination programs that became models of care for the state. Leonard grew the clinical department at Hudson from herself and one nurse in 1998 to a 40-person team by 2014. She also was executive director of Westchester Cares Action Program, a Chronic Illness Demonstration Project that later became a model for New York’s Health homes.

Leonard also was a past president of the Case Management Society of America, later the chair (and chair emeritus) of CMSA’s Public Policy Committee. She received the CMSA Case Management Research Award, CMSA National Case Manager of the Year Award, CMSA National Award of Excellence in Adherence Management, and CMSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

As nurse planner for Case Management Advisor, Leonard guided content ideas and ensured it met the standards of the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

“The world is our oyster right now,” Leonard told CMA after receiving the CMSA Lifetime Achievement Award. “Administrators, physicians, health plan officials, politicians, and individual patients are recognizing care coordination as a valuable service, and people are beginning to understand how the care coordination piece benefits the bottom line.” (The interview is available online at: https://bit.ly/2LWnaqm.)

CMSA has set up a memorial fund for Leonard, which can be found at: https://bit.ly/2Ox31Zu.