All Care Spotlight Employee – Bob Ford

Each month All Care will be surveying one employee to spotlight their interests, abilities, and professional growth.   For our first Spotlight, we sat down with Bob Ford, VP of VNA Clinical Services.   What made you become a physical therapist initially? When I was in high school, I hurt my knee in a skiing accident and needed physical therapy.   It was getting to be that time when I had to apply to colleges and figure out what I wanted to do, being a physical therapist seemed like a good fit; it seemed fun and used a lot of science and math which were strong subjects for me. What brought you to All Care? I knew about All Care, I knew it was a strong organization.   Honestly, I thought applying might be a reach but I wanted to give it a shot, there was no room for growth and advancement where I was and this was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up.   I felt that I had been advancing in my career in the right direction, I had proven success managing multiple teams and I thought it was translate well into this position, which, luckily, so did All Care, and it has; it couldn’t have worked out better. In your opinion, what is the most rewarding aspect of working in healthcare? As a PT, the best part for me is to help get a patient back to better than where they were (or better) prior to their injury or hospitalization. What made you make the transition to clinician in the field to an administrative...

Walgreens donates scales to All Care VNA

Walgreens donates scales to All Care VNA Items to aid congestive heart failure patients Special to The Daily Item LYNN '”  When Walgreens promotes its tagline 'At the corner of happy and healthy,' it really means it. The Walgreens at 290 Broadway is helping All Care patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) to monitor their weight with a gift of new scales for those who cannot afford them. 'For patients with congestive heart failure, the need to monitor and maintain their weight is essential for good health,' said Elizabeth Potter, development and fundraising manager at All Care. 'Not all patients are in a position to purchase scales. Working with Walgreens, All Care VNA was able to procure donated scales so that patients without financial means would be able to monitor their weight and, subsequently, their health.' 'Walgreens wants to reach out and be active in the community, helping where we can to support health-related causes in the community,' said Bob Bushey, store manager of the local Walgreens. 'We were able to make a donation of scales to help their cause because All Care VNA takes care of people on a daily basis, and I thought that anything we could do to help them was for a good cause.' The scales are basic weight and BMI scales, he added, 'and for someone who needs it, it could be life changing because it can give them the opportunity to take better care of themselves.' Michele Tivnan RN BSN MMHS, clinical director of All Care VNA, is pleased with what Walgreens has done for All Care's patients in need of scales. 'One...