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Harvard School of Public Health’s Advisory Board Appoints Mary Ann O’Connor

Worcester, MA (September 15, 2016) - Mary Ann O’Connor, President & CEO of VNA Care, was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health “Strategic Management and Decision Making for Nurse Executives” program.

The management program is positioned as a way to further the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences method of management and decision-making, offering innovative tools to enhance the skill set of candidates to more successfully develop nursing teams, offering the best care in the most cost-efficient way possible.

“I am thrilled to contribute to the Harvard University community in this meaningful way. Helping future leaders in the health care field hone critical thinking, project management, quality management and technology innovation skills that will effectively influence the delivery of patient care in the future is a desired endeavor for any health care leader”.

O’Connor brings 35 years of health care management and leadership experience, 24 of which has been matured at the senior executive level. Since 2012, she has served at the helm of VNA Care, the Commonwealth’s largest home health organization, leading the company through a number of successful mergers, and in 2011, joining Atrius Health as a participating organization. Atrius Health is the largest non-profit medical group in the United States. This year, again she led the company in its rebranding effort; bringing the organization’s multiple subsidiaries, VNA Care Network, VNA of Boston, VNA Hospice & Palliative Care, VNA Care Advantage, and VNA First Choice together under the parent company name, VNA Care – a solid public showing of a fully integrated home health and hospice care team.

In addition to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health board appointment, O’Connor has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America, the Connecticut Association for Home Care, the Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing and was President of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. She has also more recently been appointed to the Massachusetts Health Advisory Council.
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