Change in Leadership for NVNA & Hospice


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    NVNA and Hospice

    Contact:  Joan Wright, NVNA and Hospice



    Meg Doherty to retire after 30 years as CEO

     Just weeks before stepping down as CEO of Norwell VNA (NVNA) and Hospice, Meg Doherty was honored by the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts as the 2016 Home Care Champion.  The award caps nearly 30 years of dedication to home healthcare, and prompted a standing ovation by home healthcare leaders from across the state and region at last week’s annual meeting. Nominated by the NVNA and Hospice senior leadership team, Meg was cited for her advocacy, commitment, and leadership in home care.

    Meg turns over the CEO reins of NVNA and Hospice at the end of this month to Renee McInnes. In announcing the change in leadership at the non-profit agency, Tom O’Mara, President of the Board of Directors notes that Meg’s award as Home Care Champion follows decades of honors and accolades accumulated by the CEO.

    “Meg Doherty has always been a visionary. Her intelligence, business acumen, and most importantly her dedication and commitment to ensuring every patient and family’s comfort, has always been her primary focus,” says Tom. “I know she will continue to promote innovative and creative growth within the healthcare profession. We have been so fortunate to have been the recipient of her expertise.”

    Meg has led the non-profit agency since the mid-1980s when it was a one-room operation in Norwell’s town hall to its present status as a multi-million dollar operation serving over 27 communities on the South Shore. She oversaw the development of a hospice division, private duty company, and the opening of the first non-profit hospice residence on the South Shore as well as the absorption of the only Cancer Support Community chapter in New England to prevent it from closing. Meg’s recognition as a healthcare leader regionally and nationally has been noted through ten consecutive HomeCare Elite awards as well as being named last year as one of the Top 100 Women leaders in business in Massachusetts.

    In recognizing Meg’s contributions, the board also announced that Renee McInnes will succeed Meg as CEO at NVNA and Hospice. Selected after an extensive executive search, Renee has had wide-ranging experience with the agency, most recently as Vice President of Business Development, as


    well as in other external clinical arenas. Her clinical experience encompasses acute care (Tufts Medical), geriatric care management, home care case management, and several nurse leadership roles. Renee launched the private duty division (NVNA Works) of the agency in 2010, which she directed for two years.

    “Renee McInnes brings commitment, expertise and respect for the mission of the NVNA,” O’Mara says. “Renee is an accomplished professional whose clinical, managerial and business skills have contributed to the success of the Agency. We look forward to her leadership as the future growth of the Agency continues.”

    Renee will take over leadership of the agency this summer. “I have very big shoes to fill,” says Renee in deference to Meg Doherty. “But I share Meg’s enthusiasm and passion for home care and its necessary place at the healthcare table. I’m looking forward to leading the next chapter for NVNA and Hospice.”

    About NVNA and Hospice

    Founded in 1920, NVNA and Hospice is the only independent, non-profit home health care and hospice agency serving the South Shore. NVNA and Hospice has been named a Home Care Elite Top Agency in the United States for ten consecutive years; qualifying in the Top100 for the past two. The agency’s mission of Neighbors Helping Neighbors continues as it serves nearly 600 patients a day, and offers an average of 45 free community health screenings, educational programs and support groups each month in more than 27 communities on the South Shore. In addition to its home care and hospice services, NVNA and Hospice owns and operates the Pat Roche Hospice Home of Hingham; NVNA Works, a non-profit private duty homecare division; and Cancer Support Community – MA South Shore, a non-profit providing support, education, and programs for those impacted by cancer. For more information, call NVNA and Hospice at 781-659-2342 or visit