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Monday, April 2, 2012, 6:30 am

Spotlight: Leaders in home care

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    (Listed alphabetically by the name of 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.

    Tracy Allen

    Amedisys Home Health Care

    19312 Sonoma Highway Suite B, Sonoma, 95476, amedisys.com,707-939-8535;

     Tracy Allen, RN, BSN, PHN, is director of operations at Amedisys Home Health Care’s Sonoma care center. When Ms. Allen joined Amedisys in 2010, she was charged with opening the Sonoma care center, which today serves the counties of Sonoma, Marin and Napa through a team of 15 employees. This team is one of 500 Amedisys care teams across the country, and part of the nation’s largest home health care company. Amedisys, based in Baton Rouge, La., offers skilled, intermittent home health services for home-bound patients, following a hospitalization or diagnosis of a chronic disease, such as diabetes, heart disease, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. As director of operations, Ms. Allen manages the day-to-day operations of her care center, and she leads her team as they work to serve the health care needs of the community. Ms. Allen has worked in the home care industry for 21 years, she holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from San Jose State, and she has lived in Sonoma County since 1996.

    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 four 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 with disease management strategies, utilizing registered nurses, social work, behavioral health and spiritual support services. Today the CARE Network is recognized as a best practice for community based disease management in the St. Joseph’s. Nearly 400 patients were served in 2011, with an average of 70 percent decrease in emergency room visits and a 40 percent decrease in hospitalizations after program enrollment. 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; 2901 Cleveland Ave., Suite 203, Santa Rosa, CA  95403, hiredhandshomecare.com, 707-575-4700.

    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 her mother when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she provided similar care for her grandmother and grandfather. She was then trained as an EMT and shortly afterward pursued a career in home health. Ms. Anderson opened her first Home Instead office in 1998 and a second in 2001

    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 Cosad

    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 28-year veteran in health care, is the CEO for Hospice by the Bay, a position she has held for four 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 nine 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.

    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 Permanente 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, 707-566-5799

    Alan Ross is the Continuum Administrator for the Kaiser Permanente 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 Greater Southern Alameda County. Before joining Kaiser, Mr. Ross was vice president of business development for Houston-based Nexus Healthcare and CEO of Healthbridge Children’s Hospital in Orange.

    Donna Foulenfont

    Kaiser Permanente Home Health

    7200 Redwood Boulevard, Novato, 94945, kp.org  415-893-4132

    Donna Foulenfont is the site director for the Kaiser Permanente Home Health San Rafael Medical Center, which provides services in Marin County and Petaluma.  She is responsible for managing the daily operations of the Home Health agency to ensure high quality patient centered care and compliance with Joint Commission standards, state and federal regulations.   She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from California State University, Los Angeles and moved to the Central Coast of California where she acquired diverse management experience in the field of home health.  She joined the Kaiser Permanente Home Health Care team in 2001 and remains committed to patient safety and quality care in the home setting.

    Sylvia Dingel-Stewart

    Kaiser Home Health Care 

    1761 Broadway, Vallejo, 94589 kp.org, 707-645-2435

    Sylvia Dingel-Stewart has been an RN with Kaiser Permanente since 1984, joining Home Health Care in 1996. In her current role, Ms. Dingel-Stewart provides strategic direction for a number of health care services for Kaiser Permanente patients outside of a hospital setting, including home care and hospice. Ms. Dingel-Stewart was hospice director before becoming the administrator for Home Health, Hospice and Palliative Care in June of 2011 for Kaiser Permanente’s Napa Solano service area.

    Donna Sclarb

    Kaiser Permanente Home Health

    401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa, 95403, kp.org, 707-566-5486

    Donna Schlarb a registered nurse is the site director for Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Home Health. She has been in the Santa Rosa office since 1998 starting as the clinical supervisor and moved into the site director position in 2000.  Prior to coming to Kaiser Donna worked for 15 years in San Francisico at Mount Zion/UCSF as a staff nurse, supervisor and manager in the department. Donna also worked as a hospital supervisor while attending San Francisco State to obtain her bachelor’s degree in nursing. In 1990 she transitioned to the Home Health Dept. at Mount Zion/UCSF and started the pediatric and well baby home visit program as well as managing the HIV team and med-surgical team.In her current role with Kaiser Permanente Home Health Donna is responsible for daily operations, financial performance and compliance.

    Judy Ryder

    Memorial Hospice, 821 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, 95401, 707-568-1094; Hospice of Petaluma. 416 Payran St., Petaluma, 94952, 707-778-6242; North County Hospice, 205 East St. Healdsburg, 95448, stjosephhealth.org 707- 431-1135

    Judy Ryder is the director of Memorial Hospice, Hospice of Petaluma and North County Hospice, which are services 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. 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 of 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.

    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.

    Gabrilla 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 runs Sequoia Senior Solutions with her husband, co-owner Stanton Lawson. 

    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 coordinator and as director. In 2010, Sonoma Valley Hospital gave her the Leader of the Year award.

    Patricia Rutherford

    St. Helena Hospital Home Care

    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. She has been director of St. Helena Hospital Home Care, which is operated by Adventist Health, in both Napa and Lake counties for the past three years. She’s been with the agency for the past 15 years, starting out as a RN case manager, then moving to the quality assurance position before becoming director for the agency in the two counties. Before she worked in home care, Ms. Rutherford worked in St. Helena Hospital’s intensive care unit and has been with the hospital for30 years. Ms. Rutherford attended Chico State University.

    Linda Glomp

    St. Joseph Home Health Care Network

    170 Professional Center Dr. #B, Rohnert Park, 94928, 707-206-9124; 2700 Napa Valley Corp. Drive, Ste. C, Napa, 94558, stjosephhomecare.org,707-257-4124

    Linda Glomp is executive director of the St. Joseph 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 Care at Home

    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 Cate at Home, formerly known as 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 DeSliver

    Visting Angels

    1120 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa, 95405; 1827 Clay St., Napa, 94559; visitingangles.com/santarosa; facebook.com/VisitingAngelsSonomaNapa, 707-528-0222

    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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