Movers & Shakers: VNAA’s New Board Members

VNAA Adds New Board Members

The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) named new members to its board of directors: Ann Painter, senior vice president at Christina Care Home Health & Community Services; Michael Puskarich, CEO of Kenosha VNA; and Ray Darcey, president at Aurora Home.

The association voted to appoint the three new board members at its National Leadership Conference in April.


The VNAA membership also renewed At-Large Board Members Keith Crownover, president and CEO of Delta Health Technologies; Gary Jacobs, executive vice president of strategic relationships at CareCetnrix; and Sue Payne, vice president of clinical services and innovation at the Corridor Group, for one-year terms.

VNAA’s 2017-2018 Office Slate includes: Chair, Norene Mostkoff, president & CEO of Visiting Nurse Health System; Vice Chair, Kate Rolf, President & CEO of VNA HomeCare; Treasurer, Faith F. Scott, FACHE, President & CEO of VNA of Northern New Jersey; Secretary, Marki Flannery, EVP of VNSNY; and Immediate Past Char, Joseph Scopelliti, Jr., President & CEO of VNA Health System.

Nizhoni Health Appoints David Rubinstein as CEO


Massachusetts-based home health care provider Nizhoni Health has named David Rubinstein its new CEO. The company’s current CEO and founder, Joseph McDonough, will assume the role of president.

In his new role, Rubinstein will work closely with McDonough. Rubinstein is also a long-time board member at Neighborhood Pay Services, a direct from payroll processing services provider for apartment owners and renters.

BrightStar Care Salt Lake City Adds Executive Team Members

BrightStar Care Salt Lake City recently partnered with Advanced Patient Care of Utah (APCUT) and appointed Rex Wheeler as its new director of business development.

Wheeler and APCUT bring 15 years of experience in the health care industry in the Salt Lake City area. The partnership positions BrightStar Care to better serve organizations and patient in the community fostered by APCUT and Wheeler.

Center for Hospice Care and the Hospice Foundation Name Two Hires

Center for Hospice Care (CHC) and the Hospice Foundation (HF) have hired a director of marketing and access and a director of communications and annual giving.

Craig Harrell has been named the director of marketing and access for CHC. In this role, Harrell is charged with promoting CHC services to the community and overseeing the admissions process for patients seeking hospice or palliative care. Prior to joining CHC, Harrell served as director of marketing and community relations at Hospice of the Calumet Area, based in Munster, Indiana, for 17 years.

Peter Ashley has been hired as director of communications and annual giving at the Hospice Foundation. He is responsible for overall communications and brand strategy for the Foundation and for overseeing its outgoing fundraising efforts.

MatrixCare Adds New Member to Board of Directors

MatrixCare, long-term care software services provider, has named Jeffrey Rideout to its board of directors. Rideout is currently president and CEO of Integrated Healthcare Association, and has a background encompassing executive management, health care consulting, academia, technology and medicine.

In his role with Integrated Healthcare Association, Rideout oversees the nation’s largest and longest-running value-based performance assessment program, covering more than 10 million consumers. He also serves as a director or advisor to several companies in addition to MatrixCare, including Amedisys Corporation, GE Ventures and the American Heart Association.

Rideout has also held roles as chief medical officer with information technology companies The TriZetto Group and Cisco System, as well as with Blue Shield of California, where he was also president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation.

Written by Amy Baxter

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