hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

September 12, 2013

Merrimack Valley Hospice names new vice president

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Andrea LeBlanc has been named vice president of Merrimack Valley Hospice, which provides hospice care in the Merrimack Valley, northeastern Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire and Southern Maine.

LeBlanc of Gorham, Maine, brings leadership experience, including clinical and administrative roles in home health and hospice, and at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Portland, Maine.

Most recently, she worked as CEO of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice in Lewiston, Maine, where she was responsible for operations, quality improvement, financial performance and other program and technology initiatives.

“Andrea is a true leader and role model who brings exceptional expertise to Merrimack Valley Hospice,” said John Albert, president and CEO of Home Health Foundation, which includes Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice and HomeCare Inc. “She has developed and implemented innovative programs to improve clinical quality that exceeded national benchmarks, developed and implemented a palliative care program, and restructured operations to improve collaboration and financial performance. More importantly, she has a firm grasp of critical industry issues and initiatives.”

“I am passionate about hospice care and proud to be a part of such a well respected and clinically advanced organization,” LeBlanc said.

LeBlanc received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She is currently a MBA candidate in Health Care from New England College.

Merrimack Valley Hospice is a home health care agency affiliated with Home Health VNA and HomeCare Inc. The three agencies serve more than 90 communities throughout the Merrimack Valley, northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Merrimack Valley Hospice also serves the southern Maine region as York Hospital Hospice in partnership with York Hospital.