Movers & Shakers: Kindred’s New Board Member

Kindred Names Dr. Lynn Simon to Board of Directors

Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND) has appointed Dr. Lynn Simon to its board of directors, effective immediately.

Since 2014, Simon has served as president, clinical services and chief quality officer for Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CYH), an operator of general acute hospitals in communities across the country. She previously served as senior vice president and chief quality officer from 2010 to 2014.

In her current role with Community Health, Simon is responsible for all aspects of clinical operations, including patient safety and quality, clinical service lines, nursing and case management. She oversees medical staff relations, physician practice management, telemedicine initiatives, medical informatics and corporate support areas, including pharmacy, medical imaging, laboratory and hospital-based physician services.

Simon has also previously served as senior vice president and chief medical officer of Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare in Louisville, Kentucky, from 2005 to 2010, and as vice president of medical affairs at Jewish Hospital from 2004 to 2005.

“Lynn’s background as a physician and executive will be invaluable for the board and management team as we continue to partner with hospitals and health systems to create a platform for population health and well-being,” Phyllis R. Yale, Kindred’s board chair, said in a statement.

Simon serves as the quality committee chair for the Federation of American Hospitals and on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Center for Medical Interoperability.

North Hill Hires Community Liaison and Care Coordinator for Connected for Life

Senior living campus North Hill, located in Needham, Massachusetts, has hired Helinka Mills as its new community liaison for Connected for Life, a new life care at home program that was introduced by the community in October 2016.

Mills has more than 25 years of hospitality and financial planning expertise.

“Helinka’s understanding of aging services and her experience in developing personalized financial solutions for older adults make her a perfect fit for Connected for Life,” Janice Masi, executive director of home and community based services at North Hill, said in a statement.

In her new role, Mills will be responsible for connecting adults aged 55 and older with the program, which offers care coordination, financial predictability and wellness opportunities that meet their needs. Mills will be the point person educating prospective members about the benefits of the new program.

Prior to joining Connected for Life, Mills was involved in personal financial planning, including developing retirement, risk management and asset protection solutions for clients in major cities around the country. She has also worked in hospitality sales and management with the Hilton Hotels Corp.

North Hill also hired Nancy Hubbard as a wellness and care coordinator for the program. Hubbard has 25 years of management, counseling, program development and case management experience.

“Because Nancy has worked across the continuum of elder care, she has great insights into the personal care services that many of Connected for Life’s members will desire now and in the future,” Masi said in a press release. “Members will benefit from having such a knowledgeable insider on their team.”

Hubbard will develop personalized plans for each Connected for Life member and coordinate all aspects of each individual’s plan. Prior to joining Connected for Life, Hubbard served as a program manager for Caregiver Homes, where she managed a clinical team that established home-based services to older adults throughout the Merrimack Valley and MetroWest regions of Massachusetts.

Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio Names Interim CEO

Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Ohio named James Schaum as interim CEO. He joined as interim CEO in October 2016 after serving on the VNA Mid-Ohio Advisory Board since 2006 as its board chair and a member of the VNA of Ohio board for the last two years.

As interim CEO, Schaum will lead VNA of Ohio’s more than 500 employees in Cleveland and MidOhio. The organization has been around since 1902 and is the largest independent nonprofit home health and hospice provider in the state.

Schaum has held other leadership positions in the past, including as the COO of Adena Health System, CEO of Allen Memorial Hospital and The Rehab Center. He has also been a member of the VNA of Ohio’s Finance Committee.

HHAeXchange Hires Tom Meyer as Chief Program Integrity Officer

HHAeXchange (HHAX), a company that offers electronic visit verification (EVV) technology and other services to home care providers and other health care players, hired Tom Meyer as its chief program integrity officer.

Meyer has more than 30 years of experience in information technology related to the health care space, and recently served as New York State’s Acting Medicaid Inspector General. As Acting Medicaid Inspector General, he was responsible for monitoring fraud, waste and abuse in the health care system, specifically home care. He had direct oversight of more than 300 state staff and was tasked with developing strategic goals and execution for the agency’s mission.

In his new role as chief program integrity officer, which is also a newly created role by HHAX, Meyer will ensure that the company’s platform continues to help all home care stakeholders comply with state regulations and prevent fraud, waste and abuse. He will work with managed care organizations (MCOs), state Medicaid professionals and HHAX customers.

Written by Amy Baxter