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Monday, April 4, 2011, 2:13 am

Spotlight: Leaders in Home Care

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    (Leaders in private in-home care in the North Bay, Listed alphabetically by the name of their company.)

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    Charles Fymes

    Arcadia Health Care

    101 Brookwood Ave. # 204, Santa Rosa, 95404, 707-541-3600; 4340 Redwood Hwy. #F-123, San Rafael, 94903; arcadiacare.com, 415-472-2273

    Charles Fymes started Arcadia Health Care’s San Francisco group of offices in 1993 after 28 years in the field of home health. Now, as an affiliate owner, he oversees operations at seven Arcadia locations – in Santa Rosa, San Rafael, San Francisco, San Mateo, San Jose, Modesto and Stockton – for the Indianapolis-based company, which has locations in 19 states. In the 1980s, he helped his mentor, Barbara Hamrick, establish Nightingale Nursing in the East Bay, before embarking on his own. He has overseen operations at full-service agency for 18 years and helped it grow to provide services in 11 counties. Mr. Fymes currently serves as the president of the Northern California Chapter of the National Private Duty Association.

    Dana Codron

    Care Network at Queen of the Valley Hospital

    3448 Villa Ln. #102, Napa 94558, thequeen.org, 707-251-2000

    Dana Codron is the executive director at Queen of the Valley Medical Center’s Community Outreach Department, a position she has held for the past three years. She has been with Queen of the Valley, which is owned by St. Joseph Health System, since 1984 as a registered nurse in a variety of positions. Ms. Codron’s experience in home health began in 1995, when she shifted her focus to the CARE Network, a community-based chronic disease management initiative at the hospital. During her tenure with the medical center, the CARE network has expanded to combine case management strategies, utilizing registered nurses, social work, behavioral health and spiritual support services. Over 300 patients were served in 2010. In her position, Ms. Codron also oversees the Community Outreach Department, which includes a mobile dental clinic, a school-based childhood obesity prevention initiative, and a post-partum depression program, among others. She is a board member for the Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services, the Parent Child Advocacy Network and the Napa Valley Coalition of Nonprofit Agencies. Queen of the Valley awarded her with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Nursing in 2008.

    Mark Winter

    Hired Hands Homecare

    84 Galli Dr., Novato, 94949,415-884-4343; 1754 Second St., Napa, 94559, 866-940-4343; 6640 Redwood Dr., Rohnert Park, 94928; hiredhandshomecare.com, 707-584-5400

    Mark Winter is president of Hired Hands Homecare, where he oversees day-to-day operations at locations in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties. He grew up with home care with his mother, Hired Hands Homecare CEO Lynn Winter, working in the industry for the past 30 years prior to starting Hired Hands in 1994. Mr. Winter graduated from the University of Missouri in 1991 with a bachelor’s in business, with a focus on marketing and management. He joined his family – his sister Erin Winter is vice president of operations – 17 years ago at the full-service agency, which screens, trains and does a criminal background check on its caregivers. Hired Hands is a member of the National Private Duty Association and the California Association for Health Services at Home, as well as the Better Business Bureau and many local senior related groups.

    Julie Ann Anderson

    Home Instead Senior Care-Sonoma County

    6050 Commerce Blvd. # 210, Rohnert Park, 94928, homeinstead.com/392, 707-586-1516

    Julia Ann Anderson is the owner of Home Instead Senior Care-Sonoma County, which is part of an international organization of full-service home care agencies based in Omaha, Neb. Ms. Anderson has been in her position since 1998. Previously, she delivered primary care for elderly family members and was trained as an EMT.

    Candy Smith

    Home Instead Senior Care-Napa County

    3433 Broadway St. #B-1, American Canyon, 94503, homeinstead.com/521, 707-552-2266

    Candy Smith opened the Napa Home Instead Senior Care office in 2003, which provides services to both Napa and Solano counties. She has an extensive background in business and services management.

    Todd and Catherine Vaughn

    Home Instead Senior Care-Marin County

    350 Ignacio Blvd., Novato, 94949, homeinstead.com/255, 415-883-6260

    Home Instead-Marin County is owned and operated by Todd and Catherine Vaughn. Catherine Vaughn spent 25 years of her career in project development, financing and a multitude of senior housing, assisted living and skilled nursing care projects. Mr. Vaughn spent the first part of his career in the automotive industry, where he managed large departments, budgets and staff, before switching to the home care industry.

    Liza Cozad

    HomeWell Senior Care

    300 Professional Center Dr., Novato, 94947, homewellseniorcare.com, 415-599-4333

    Liza Cozad is the owner of HomeWell Senior Care in Novato, which serves Marin and Sonoma counties and is part of an organization that has locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Ms. Cozad opened the North Bay office of the full-service home care agency about three years ago.

    Sandra Lew

    Hospice by the Bay

    17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larkpsur, 94939, 415-927-2273; 190 W. Napa St., Sonoma, 95476; hospicebythebay.org, 707-935-7504

    Sandra Lew, a 27-year veteran in health care, is the CEO for Hospice by the Bay, a position she has held for three years. She’s been with the nonprofit hospice that provides palliative care and grief to patients in San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and parts of Northern San Mateo for eight years. She began her career in social work and gained experience with death and dying while working during the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco in the 1980s. She was recently named to the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association as its director and is on the board of Marin’s Center of Nonprofit and Volunteer Leadership.

    Janet White

    Kaiser Home Health Care

    401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa, 95403, kp.org, 707-571-4633

    Janet White is the service director for Home Health and Hospice for the Kaiser Permanente Main-Sonoma area, which includes Kaiser medical centers in Santa Rosa and San Rafael. In more than 10 years with Kaiser, Ms. White served as Director of Patient Care Services for Hospice and Quality Director. Most recently, she served as the Clinical Supervisor in the Santa Rosa Home Health Agency. She currently leads a team of 65 people and is responsible for home health and hospice operations and clinical direction, financial performance and compliance.

    Alan Ross

    Kaiser Home Health Care

    401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa, 95403, kp.org, 707-571-4633

    Alan Ross is the Continuum Administrator for the Kaiser Marin-Sonoma service area, where he oversees Home Health and Hospice, Skilled Nursing, Palliative Care, as well as related support services such as durable medical equipment, ambulance, and high-risk case management. Mr. Ross works with both clinic and hospital employees along a broad continuum in providing care for Kaiser patients. Prior to working in the Marin-Sonoma service area, Mr. Ross held a similar position with Kaiser in the East Bay and Southern Alameda County. Before joining Kaiser, Mr. Ross was vice president of business development for Virginia-based Nexus Healthcare and CEO of Healthbridge Children’s Hospital in Orange.

    Debra Bussey

    Kaiser Home Health Care

    1515 Trancas St., Napa, 94558, kp.org, 707-645-2720

    Debra Bussey, a registered nurse, is the continuum administrator for the Kaiser Permanente in Napa-Solano service area. She joined Kaiser in 1998 and has been part of the senior leadership team since 2008. In her current role, Ms. Bussey provides strategic direction for a number of health care services for Kaiser patients outside of a hospital setting, including home care and hospice. She has been in the home health and hospice field since 1993 and part of Kaiser’s continuum team since 2001. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Purdue University in Indiana and a master’s in nursing administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

    Judy Ryder

    Memorial Hospice

    821 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, 95401, stjosephhealth.org, 707-568-1094

    Judy Ryder is the director of Memorial Hospice, Hospice of Petaluma and North County Hospice, which are all a part of St. Joseph Health System. She has been in her position since 1983 and recently became the director of the palliative care team for the health system this year. Before joining St. Joseph, she was the executive director of Home Hospice of Sonoma County. Ms. Ryder obtained her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina and a master’s in psychology and counseling from the California Institute on Integral Studies. She has served on numerous boards of directors, among them the California State Hospice Association, for which she was the regional chair, and the California Parenting Institute, as well as others.

    Robert Nations

    Senior Helpers

    802 B. St., San Rafael, 94901, 415-460-9967; 1100 Trancas St. #214, Napa, 94558; seniorhelpers.com, 707-251-1540

    Robert Nations is the chief executive officer of Senior Helpers North Bay, which is part of the national, Baltimore-based home care organization that was founded in 2001. He oversees operations of the care management company that provides services in Marin, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Solano counties. Along with his duties running Senior Helpers North Bay, he is a member of the board of directors for Napa Valley Support Services, the health committee for the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, and he co-founded the North Bay Senior Alliance. He regularly attends Section on Aging meetings in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties. He is the host of Health Bits on KVON 1440 AM/KVYN 99.3 FM and hosts Health Focus, a show on Napa TV Cable Channel 28.

    Gabriella Ambrosi and Stanton Lawson

    Sequoia Senior Solutions

    191 Lynch Creek Way #101, Petaluma, 94954, 707-763-6600; 6570 Oakmont Dr. #100, Santa Rosa, 95409; sequoiaseniorsolutions.com, 707-539-0500

    Gabriella Ambrosi, a registered nurse, is the co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Sequoia Senior Solutions, which opened in 2003 and provides in-home care services in Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Lake and Mendocino counties and has served more than 1,000 seniors and needy adults.  Ms. Ambrosi, who runs Sequoia Senior Solutions with her husband, co-owner Stanton Lawson, previously worked in numerous health care positions. She obtained her nursing degree from the University Hospital of Padua, Italy, a B.A. in biological services from Rutgers University and a M.S. in marketing from Golden Gate University. She has served as a member of the board of directors of Court Appointed Child Advocates and the Santa Rosa Concert Association. The Business Journal selected her as a Women in Business award winner in 2009. 

    Barbara Lee

    Sonoma Valley Hospital Home Care Program

    1151 Broadway #101, Sonoma, 95476, svh.org, 707-935-5135

    Barbara Lee, a registered nurse, has been the director at Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Home Care Program since 2007. She has over 30 years of experience in the health care sector, ranging from acute care to home care. She graduated from San Francisco State University, summa cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and has a master’s in nursing from Sonoma State University, with a concentration on leadership and management. She is a certified home care manager through the California Association for Health Services at Home. In home care, she has served as a RN case manager, quality management control and as director. In 2010, Sonoma Valley Hospital gave her the Leader of the Year award.

    Patricia Rutherford

    St. Helena Hospital Home Care Services

    27 Woodland Rd., St. Helena, 94574, sthelenahospital.org, 707-967-5770

    Patricia Rutherford oversees operations for St. Helena Hospital’s Home Care Services, which provides services in Napa and Lake counties.

    Linda Glomp

    St. Joseph Home Health Care Network

    170 Professional Center Dr. #B, Rohnert Park, 94928, 707-547-5460; 1100 Trancas St. #210, Napa, 94558; st.josephhealth.org, 707-257-4104

    Linda Glomp is executive director of the Home Care Network for both Northern and Southern California. She took on her duties in Northern California in August 2010 after the executive director retired, assuming oversight of offices in Rohnert Park, Napa, and Eureka and Fortuna in Humboldt County. Since 2003, she has been responsible for home health, hospice, infusion pharmacy and private duty services in Orange County, where St. Joseph Health System is headquartered and operates numerous facilities. Her position in Southern California is permanent, and interim in Northern California.

    Marcia Reissig

    Sutter VNA & Hospice

    4000 Civic Center Dr. #190, San Rafael, 94903, 415-492-4600; 1110 N. Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa, 95401, 707-535-5600; 4830 Business Center Drive, Sutie 140, Farfield, 94534; suttervnaandhospice.org, 707-864-4660

    Marcia Reissig is the CEO of Sutter VNA & Hospice, the home health and hospice affiliate of Sutter Health. Ms. Reissig, a nationally certified home and hospice care executive, is responsible for the development and implementation of the agency’s home health care programs, among them skilled nursing, hospice, home infusion therapy, home medical equipment and respiratory therapy, lifeline, home attendant care and care management, and flu and wellness. Prior to joining Sutter, she was the CEO of Partners Healthcare at Home in Boston. She serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Home Care and Hospice and is a member of the National Hospice Work Group. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing and community health from University of Rochester in New York.

    Marian Cremin and Albert DeSilver

    Visiting Angels Senior Homecare & Respite

    1120 Montgomery Dr. , Santa Rosa, 95405, 800-365-4189;  1436 Second St. #241, Napa 94559; visitingangels.com/santarosa 800-365-4189

    Marian Cremin is the director/owner and CEO of Visiting Angels Homecare & Respite in Sonoma and Napa counties, along with her husband, Albert DeSilver, co-director.  Ms. Cremin has been working in social services for more than 20 years. She received her master’s in Social Work from Columbia School of Social Work in New York City, and worked for many years as a crisis team manager for the city’s largest home care agency, Visiting Nurse Services of New York. She is also a trained dialectical behavioral therapist and founded the DBT Center of Marin County. She has conducted professional trainings for Sonoma County, Kaiser Permanente, Marin Community Mental Health and other organizations. Visiting Angels, a national organization based in Pennsylvania, is a member of the Sonoma County Section on Aging, where Mr. DeSilver serves on the leadership Committee. It is also active in the Sonoma County Alliance, the Santa Rosa and Napa chambers of commerce, the Petaluma Care Connection and the Napa Senior Alliance, among other organizations.

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