Board chair announces appointment after national search
COLCHESTER, Vt. – Adrianne Johnson Ross, MHA, was today named Home Health & Hospice’s next president and chief operating officer. She is preceded by Judy Peterson, who is retiring in January 2021 after eight years leading the organization.
Johnson Ross’s appointment is effective immediately. She will transition into in her new role over the next few weeks.
Johnson Ross has for the past year served as interim chief executive officer/executive director for Pheno Health Technologies, Inc., in Minneapolis, Minn., where she was responsible for a $370 million multi-clinic operations budget and led a team of 250 staff. Prior to her most recent role, Johnson Ross served as director of patient access for Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, and as interim director of Healthcare Operations for B. E. Smith, Inc.
‘The future of health care’
“For decades and throughout this pandemic, home health and hospice professionals have played a crucial role in the delivery of essential care,” Johnson Ross said. “I believe home health is central to the future of health care delivery and will continue to expand and reach more families, ensuring patients will remain as comfortable as possible while receiving care. When I think of immersing myself in Home Health & Hospice’s community, what comes to mind is the opportunity to safely improve and optimize the care received at home,” she continued. “I am honored to join the Home Health & Hospice team in focusing on improving patient outcomes through the equitable delivery of services, integrated care coordination and leveraging of technology.”
Johnson Ross, a native of Orlando, Fla., where she gained her initial experience in the home health field, earned a master of science in Health Administration (MHA) from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor of science in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga.
She was appointed to her new role after an extensive nationwide search.
“Adrianne brings an innovative mindset to help us think about our services and care delivery to our community,” said Tara Pacy, chair of Home Health & Hospice’s board of directors and member of the executive search committee. “I am excited about her energy and passion for our organization.”
The committee’s recommendation of Johnson Ross for the position relied upon in-depth interviews with Home Health & Hospice and UVM Health Network leadership, as well as upon feedback shared by Home Health & Hospice staff. This feedback helped establish Johnson Ross as the right candidate for the position, Pacy explained.
‘Delivering the right care’
The search committee’s recommendation of Johnson Ross to the Home Health & Hospice board, and subsequently to The UVM Health Network board, was adopted by both bodies. Approvals are required by both Home Health & Hospice and UVM Health Network bylaws.
“The UVM Health Network is focused on delivering the right care at the right time in the right setting, including in the home. Home Health & Hospice plays a key role in fulfilling our mission, and its importance has only been magnified during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said John R. Brumsted, MD, president and chief executive officer for The University of Vermont Health Network. “We welcome Adrianne Johnson Ross, an experienced and talented health care administrator, to join our network and to lead Home Health & Hospice into the future so we can continue to meet the ever-evolving needs of our patients and communities.”
Home Health & Hospice, which joined The UVM Health Network in 2018, is the sole home health agency in the bi-state network. It collaborates closely with affiliate partners such as UVM Medical Center to deliver patient- and family-centered care wherever patients call home — whether that is the family homestead or an assisted living facility.
Throughout this pandemic, Home Health & Hospice has expanded its ability to ensure patients receive the care they need conveniently, safely and securely through expansion of its eHealth virtual visit initiative. To learn more, please visit www.uvmhomehealth.org/telehealth-visits/.
About Home Health & Hospice
We are a 116-year-old organization dedicated to delivering health care to patients wherever they call home in Chittenden or Grand Isle counties. Especially during this global pandemic, providing care in the familiar, comfortable, convenient home environment not only meets patients’ and families’ preferences, it is also cost effective and ensures the greatest level of safety.
Our visiting nurses, physical, occupational and speech-language therapists, licensed nursing assistants and personal care attendants bring high-tech professional clinical care directly to patients’ homes. Compassionate end-of-life care is provided at Colchester’s McClure Miller Respite House, Vermont’s only Medicare-certified inpatient hospice facility.
Home Health & Hospice is a member of The University of Vermont Health Network, an integrated system established to deliver high-quality academic medicine to every community it serves. The network includes:
- The University of Vermont Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network Medical Group
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Porter Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Home Health & Hospice
For more information, please visit us at www.UVMHomeHealth.org or on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.