There are more than 18 million health care workers in the United States; 80% of them are women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
While women make up the vast majority of home health care workers, they are a minority in the C-Suite. Only 40% of the industry’s key decision-makers are female.
Homecare is a tough space to succeed in, and while org charts may not reflect it, this industry is loaded with strong, determined women doing incredibly meaningful work — they simply do not get the recognition they deserve!
Here at HHAeXchange, we would like to take one small step towards changing that. ‘Extraordinary Women in Homecare’ is a series of feature articles designed to celebrate women who bring strength, passion, and creativity to their roles in the home care industry.
For this edition, we spoke with Nancy Fitterer, President and CEO of the Home Care & Hospice Association of New Jersey (HCHANJ). Founded in 1973 by a group of New Jersey home health agencies, HCHANJ spearheads educational and advocacy programs that equip providers to deliver quality care, optimize business practices, and comply with industry standards. In this article, Nancy shares the most challenging aspects of her work, what surprises her about the homecare industry, and how she’s mastered the art of multitasking.