Movers & Shakers: Senior Helpers Add Exec, Names New CEO

Bayada Home Health Care Names Jennifer Scoggins the New Director of its Bennington Office

Bayada Home Health Care named Jennifer Scoggins, who has been working with the company as a physical therapist since 2014, the new director of its Bennington, Vermont office, according to an report from the Bennington Banner.

Bayada is a provider of at home care for children and adults. The organization works out of 335 offices in 22 states and currently employees 22,000 professionals.


Senior Helpers Adds Michael Hughes to Executive Leadership Team

Senior Helpers announced at the end of July that Michael Hughes will be appointed the new vice president of strategic development for the company. Hughes will work to forge partnerships and alliances with health care systems, Medicare Advantage programs, long-term care companies and other key health care partners, according to a press release from Senior Helpers.

Senior Helpers is an in-home senior care provider with over 311 franchised businesses. The company was founded in 2002.


Hughes, prior to accepting a job with Senior Helpers, was the principal at a strategic consultancy focusing on the intersection of aging, health and technology. He worked for AARP for nearly a decade, according to the release.

Joliet Area Community Hospice Names New Medical Director

The Joliet Area Community Hospice (JACH) named Dr. Muhamad Krad the new medical director of the facility. Krad prior to the appointment specialized in internal medicine at Amita Health and he had been working part-time at JACH for the last year, according to a news report from The Herald-News. Krad graduated from Loyola University Chicago and received a master’s degree from Georgetown University and Loyola Stritch School of Medicine.

JACH is a nonprofit Medicare-certified hospice facility serving several counties in Illinois. The agency serves about 1,800 patients a year and employs 140 full and part-time employees.

The former director of JACH, Dr. J.D. Wright, retired in June.

Compassus Adds Tech and Finance Vice Presidents

Compassus has added two new executives to its ranks. Brian Blackburn has joined the team as the new vice president of technology. Jesse Verni will be the vice president of financial planning and analysis, according to a news report from the Nashville Post. The two bring a combined 35 years of experience, the report noted.

Compassus is a Nashville, Tennessee-based network of community hospice and home care services. The organization has 140 local programs across 31 states in the U.S. Names New CEO announced Jim Rosenthal will be the new CEO of the senior care referral service. Rosenthal was most recently the executive chairman for Caring, according to a press release from the company. Rosenthal worked closely with the previous CEO, Karen Cassel. He will work with the team to grow Caring as it continues its social mission and expands its partnerships. was founded in 2007 as a one-stop spot for helping family caregivers navigate the intricacies of caregiving.

Former CEO Cassel was instrumental in pivoting the company from a content site to a senior care referral agency, according to the release.

“Karen did a terrific job leading a talented team and taking the company to a new level. I am excited to work with the team on its next chapter,” Rosenthal said in the release.

Written by Kaitlyn Mattson

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