One business has been able to keep women in charge for 100 years. Now ‘University of Rochester Home Care’ has been serving the Greater Rochester area since 1919. Originally Visiting Nurse Service or VNS, they help people after they return from the hospital or if they need services at home.
Danene Smith has been visiting the Baxter family now for over a decade. “She comes and gets him out of bed,” said Mary Baxter referring to her husband Jack. “Gets him cleaned up and dressed, and we have breakfast together.”
“Everything we do in the hospital, we can do in the home setting,” said Smith, a home health care nurse for URHC. “Home health care does exactly as it sounds. The treatment that you get in the hospital can be just about the same as you get in your neighborhoods.”
President and CEO Jane Shukitis is a former nurse turned president and continues a streak of female presidents that started from the beginning.
“I don’t know if there was any forethought to that, it was kind of how it evolved, but I think we’re a great organization because of it,” said Shukitis.
The other two main home health care services in Rochester are HCR (Home health care of Rochester), also run by a woman, and Lifetime Care, whose CEO is male.