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 Melissa Meegan of Summit Home Care, a licensed homecare services agency operating with the mission to improve the quality of life for individuals aging in place. As Executive Director of Summit’s New Jersey branch, Meegan focuses on business development and oversees the agency’s daily operations. Here, she tells us when she knew homecare was the career for her, how she manages to stay energized and upbeat in a challenging field of work, and why she cannot imagine doing anything else.