VNA Care Network & Hospice names CEO

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Southborough – VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit home health care, hospice and wellness agency at 333 Turnpike Rd. in Southborough, recently named Mary Ann O”Connor, RN, BSN, MBA, as president and CEO.

O”Connor brings more than 35 years of health care management experience to her new role, with 24 years at the senior executive level. Her career spans the acute care, home health, hospice, and private duty sectors of health care as well as home-based disease management programs.

She previously served as the regional director of Manhattan for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), the largest not-for-profit home health agency in the United States. During her tenure at VNSNY, O”Connor was responsible for management, business development and patient admissions, implementation of strategic business plans and service delivery models, and promoting relationships with hospitals, nursing facilities, and physicians in the Manhattan region.

Prior to her work with VNSNY, O”Connor served as vice president of strategic planning and business development for the Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut in Bridgeport, Conn.; president and CEO of United Visiting Nurse Association in Trumbull, Conn.; and executive director/director of nursing of Trumbull Public Health Nursing Service in Trumbull, Conn.

O”Connor holds a master's in business administration from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., and a bachelor's of science in nursing from Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. She has worked to further nonprofit home health care at the national level as a member of the board of directors and government relations committee of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America and at the state level as a member of the board of directors for the Connecticut Association for Home Care. She has also been on the board of directors of Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing and president of the board of directors of the Women's Campaign School at Yale University.

For over 100 years, VNA Care Network & Hospice has brought health care into patients” homes. The agency's services include an extensive range of disease management programs for people with congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. For more information about VNA Care Network & Hospice, call 800-728-1862 or visit www.vnacarenetwork.org.