Mission Healthcare Hires Two New Executives; Lifesprk Names New President

Mission Healthcare adds to executive team

Mission Healthcare has made new additions to its executive leadership team.

The company named JoAnn Mack its chief operating officer and Damien Weston its chief growth officer.

Mission Healthcare — which has more than 600 employees — is a San Diego-based home health and hospice services provider with 10 locations serving the Southern California region.


The hiring of Mack and Weston is part of Mission Healthcare’s broader growth strategy. Both executives were brought on to guide the organization with its overall expansion plans.

Prior to her appointment, Mack held leadership positions at VNA Health of Santa Barbara, Vitas and Interim Healthcare. She is also a member of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), California Hospice & Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA) and California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

“JoAnn’s deep involvement in the industry and years of experience will prove invaluable to the Mission Healthcare team as we continue our 10-year track record of growth and success,” Paul VerHoeve, CEO of Mission Healthcare, said in a statement. “Her leadership will be instrumental in ensuring we consistently deliver high-quality care and strengthen our company culture as we expand into new markets. We feel very fortunate to attract great talent that will be instrumental as we continue to expand into more western states.”


Before joining Mission Healthcare, Weston held leadership roles at Compassus, Gentiva and Kindred Healthcare.

“We are thrilled to put Damien at the helm of our expansion efforts. His experience will be integral to helping us scale strategically and expand our quality care offerings,” Verhoeve said.

Lifesprk appoints new president

Lifesprk has announced that Elmer Baldwin has been named company president. Baldwin has a history with Lifesprk — having served as the company’s long-time advisor.

Lifesprk is a Minnesota-based health care provider with a suite of home-focused services.

Baldwin steps in for former president Tom Schmitt, who will now serve as executive director of value-based payment strategy and growth at Lifesprk.

In his new role, Baldwin will oversee the development of Lifesprk’s business model, as part of the company’s overall growth strategy.

“We are growing in all our lines of business, including community-based in-home services, Medicare skilled home care, property management, primary care, acute care at home and hospice, while investing in our value-based, tech-enabled alternative delivery system designed to help seniors age magnificently,” Baldwin said in a press release.

Baldwin has been a Lifesprk advisory board member for the past decade. Prior to his latest appointment, he served as senior executive director of technology investment banking with Minneapolis-based Cherry Tree & Associates.

Caring People names brand ambassador

Caring People has added Jo Alch as a brand ambassador to its team.

A portfolio company of private equity firm Silver Oaks Services Partners, home care company Caring People currently operates in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida and Texas, serving an average of 1,700 clients per day.

Alch has joined Caring People to support its plans in relation to leveraging new opportunities, partners and PR efforts.

“Establishing and fostering relationships with industry leaders in a variety of spaces will ultimately benefit our seniors tremendously,” Alch said in a press release. “I, and Caring People, truly have a heart for the elderly. This role will provide fresh opportunities for new organizational partnerships with a unified goal: compassionate and highest-quality senior care.”

Before joining Caring People, Alch founded Acappella — a Texas-based home care agency — in 2006.

Caring People also noted that Alch is a thought leader and prominent figure in the Texas health care community.

Additionally, she has served on the board of directors of the Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice and was the committee chair for the Dallas Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council.

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