Movers & Shakers: ResCare Hires Kindred Exec. as President, CEO

ResCare Hires Kindred Executive as President, CEO

ResCare, a home health care provider based in Louisville and the nation’s largest private provider of services to people with disabilities, has named Jon Rousseau as its new president and CEO, replacing CEO Ralph Gronefiled, Jr., who is retiring. Rousseau is moving from Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND), one of the nation’s largest home health care providers, where he served as executive vice president and president of its rehabilitation services company. At Kindred, he also was head of its care management division and the company’s home health, hospice and home care business, Kindred At Home.

Prior to joining Kindred, Rousseau held leadership positions at Mylan and Medtronic. He also worked at private equity firm Friedman Fleischer & Lowe and Morgan Stanley.

“Jon Rousseau is a proven leader who brings a wealth of experience across health care sectors and disciplines,” Chairman of the ResCare board of directors James Bloem said in a statement. “In partnership with the company’s leadership team, local management and direct service providers and care professionals, he will advance ResCare’s mission to provide high quality and respectful care for the company’s clients and help them achieve their highest level of independence.”

Rousseau succeeds Gronefield, who dedicated 21 years at ResCare, and will serve as interim president of the residential services segment until June 30, 2017.

Hometeam Hires Elizabeth Berman as New Chief People Officer

Hometeam, a New York-based tech-forward home care company, hired Elizabeth Schepp-Berman as its first-ever chief people officer, in charge of the company’s human resources department. In her new role, she will be instrumental in nurturing Hometeam’s culture and supporting the company’s mission.

“The whole organization is excited about making Elizabeth the newest addition to our team,” Josh Bruno, CEO and founder of Hometeam, said in a statement. “Our employees and especially our caregivers are what we are all about. With Elizabeth’s expertise and people-first attitude, we are confident Hometeam will continue to cultivate the best talent and provide our care recipients and their families with the care and support they deserve.”

Schepp-Berman will oversee and expand the human resources department, as well as shape hiring strategy for the company as it continues to increase its footprint across the country. In its hiring strategy, Hometeam takes on caregivers in a W-2 model rather than on a contract basis, unlike a lot of the industry. Hometeam currently has offices in three states.

Schepp-Berman joins Hometeam after working as vice president of people strategy and operations at Vevo. She previously was executive director of human resources at Estee Lauder. She has also held human resources roles at Nike and Macy’s. She will report directly to Bruno.


Kyle Simon Joins Home Care Association of Florida 

Kyle Simon has been named director of government affairs and communications at the Home Care Association of Florida, a statewide trade association representing the home care industry.

Simon joins the organization with more than six years of health care policy experience and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Valencia College since 2012. He joined the Home Care Association of Florida in early September. He holds master and bachelors degrees in political science from Florida State University.

Approved Home Health Care Hires New PR & Marketing Liaison 

Approved Home Health Care, a Medicare-certified home health company in Texas, named Paula Baucum as its public relations & market liaison. Baucum, of PR Baucum & Associates, has worked with for-profit, non-profit and governmental agencies over the past nearly 20 years.

As liaison, Baucum will assist the company in developing programs and policies for public relations, collaborating with physicians and social agencies and creating goodwill programs at the community level. She recently served as board trustee for Baylor Medical Center in Waxachie, Texas, and served as co-chair fundraising steering committee for the New Baylor Scott & White Health Hospital, which raised $2.4 million, according to Waxachie-based Daily Light.

CEO of Effingham Health System Moves to Georgia Department of Community Health in Atlanta

Norma Jean Morgan, who served as the CEO of Effingham Health System, has been named the deputy chief of healthcare facilities for the Georgia Department of Community Health in Atlanta, Georgia. The department, under the Healthcare Facility Regulation Division (HFRD), completes the survey and certification process for 24 provider types in the state, including home health, home care, hospitals, rural health clinics, using homes, hospice, personal care homes and more.

Morgan served as CEO of Effingham Health System for years before making the career change. In her new role, she will be responsible for directing programs under the HFRD office, including management, oversight and leadership of the HFRD licensing section.

“Having been a provider for over 40 years, this was a great opportunity for me to lend that experience to the government side of trying to keep facilities certified, keep them in compliance of the many regulations that we are required to be in compliance with—not only on the state level, but on the federal level,” she told the Effingham Herald.

Written by Amy Baxter