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VNA Care Welcomes Holly Chaffee as President and CEO

Innovative executive of five-star home health agency brings decades of experience to MA’s oldest non-profit home health and hospice provider

VNA Care, a subsidiary of Atrius Health serving more than 50,000 patients each year as Massachusetts’ largest non-profit home health and hospice provider, is pleased to introduce Holly Chaffee, BSN, MSN, RN as President and CEO. The appointment of Chaffee, approved by the Board of Directors in December, was the result of a nationwide search. Chaffee replaces Mary Ann O’Connor, BSN, MBA, who is retiring after a 45-year career in the home care and hospice industry, including the last five years as President and CEO of VNA Care. VNA Care includes VNA Care Network, VNA of Boston, and VNA Hospice and Palliative Care.

“We are delighted to welcome Holly, whose dedication and vision for providing patients with high-quality, compassionate care was instrumental to her selection as our new CEO. We are confident that VNA Care will continue to be a leader in the level of care that we provide to our communities,” said Rita S. Advani, Chair of the Board of Directors at VNA Care. “We would also like to thank Diane Leclair, our retiring Board Chair whose tireless leadership of our national search was instrumental in bringing Holly’s tremendous talents to VNA Care.”

For the past decade, Chaffee has been the President and CEO of Porchlight VNA/Home Care, a five-star agency serving communities in Western Massachusetts. Most recently, Chaffee was recognized as a 2017 Healthcare Hero by the publications Business West and Healthcare News, specifically earning the honor as the Health/Wellness Administrator of the year. At Porchlight, a freestanding not-for-profit organization, Chaffee oversaw the full rebranding of a 100+ year-old community organization, and a merger that allowed Porchlight to grow into new larger markets.

“I have great admiration for the work VNA Care does with Atrius Health to ensure patients receive the patient-centered care they deserve,” said Chaffee. “As healthcare continues to move into home and ambulatory settings, I look forward to collaborating in our collective mission to provide the right care with kindness and compassion to every person we serve.”  “Our collaboration with VNA Care is an integral part of our vision for transforming care to improve lives, and we are thrilled that Holly is joining us on this journey,” said Dr. Steven Strongwater, President and CEO of Atrius Health. “With her leadership, our medical practices and home health teams will be well-equipped to find new and even better ways to care for patients comfortably in their homes.

A registered nurse with more than 30 years of experience, Chaffee has distinguished herself as an innovator in enhancing the quality of patient care industry-wide. Chaffee has worked in post-acute services leadership roles in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Beginning her career in healthcare as a nurse in pediatrics, she first served in the pediatric tertiary care unit at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Bronx, NY, and later worked in the pediatric intensive care units at Albany Medical Center and Hartford Hospital.

Chaffee served as the Board President for the Visiting Nurse Associations of New England (VNANE) from 2012-2014. She is the Board President of The Home Care Alliance of MA, Board President of the Lee Chamber of Commerce, and a Board Member of the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce. Chaffee also holds other volunteer positions in the community.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Skidmore College, Chaffee went on to attain a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Hartford. A resident of Enfield, CT, she is married and has two sets of twins and a grandchild on the way.

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