BENNINGTON -- SVMC
is pleased to announce the appointment of Maggie Burke
to the position of executive director of the VNA & Hospice of Southwestern Vermont Health Care
Burke joined SVHC in December 2011.
"I'm very excited about coming to the VNA & Hospice
," said Burke
"It's wonderful to be associated with a high quality visiting nurse association and hospice that is connected with a larger health system.
It offers such a coordinated setting for patient care."
Burke brings extensive business management experience to SVMC.
She has a Master of Science degree in business education from Southern New Hampshire University.
Living on the coast of New Hampshire, she most recently was the chief executive officer of a home health consulting company.
In this role, Burke
provided Medicare-certified home health agencies with strategic, financial, and staffing expertise and set up a new branch office for the Whittier Home Health Care Agency
in North Hampton, N.H.
During that time, Burke
was also was responsible for the human resources function for more than 25 positions for a multi-national corporation's U.S. operations.
also provided transition services and updated the insurance contracts for a New Hampshire home health visiting nurse association.
Before that, Burke was the director of a visiting nurse association and an Executive Committee member of the New Hampshire Homecare Association.
experience includes serving as the executive director of a hospital-based visiting nurse association in Idaho.
"If there's one thing I've learned," said Burke
, "is that quality home health and hospice care are about the value of the people doing the work.
has an incredible strength in the depth of the people who work for the VNA & Hospice
"I believe that home health and hospice care are about keeping people who want to be at home in their homes for as long as it is safely possible," she added.
"Every action we take on our patients' behalf, whether visiting them for nursing services or relieving a care-giving family member for an afternoon, will impact our patients' lives in some way.
It's our responsibility to make that impact a positive one that contributes to each individual patient's goals."
is transitioning to the Bennington area with her
13-year-old daughter, Alaina.
Bennington is a part of Vermont that Burke is very familiar with, having been a student at Southern Vermont College for two years.
"I love New England and I love Bennington and all it has to offer while still being a smaller town," she
"I'm looking forward to living here full-time and enjoying the culture and history of the area."