Colorado Visiting Nurse Association Long-Time CEO, Laura Reilly, to Retire
DENVER, Colo. – Colorado Visiting Nurse Association (CVNA) President and Chief Executive Officer, Laura Reilly, is retiring at the end of February after leading the home health care organization for the past 10 years.
“To serve at the helm of this vital community resource, first as a member of the board of directors for nearly 20 years and then as CEO for the past decade, has been an honor,” Reilly commented. “The quality of CVNA’s home health, hospice, palliative care, and wellness services provided by our staff to thousands of Coloradans each year has made me proud to be part of this organization.” Reilly joined CVNA after a career which began in nursing education and then spanned over twenty years as a commercial and transactional lawyer.
During Reilly’s tenure, CVNA became recognized as a national Home Care Elite ™ agency, joined the top tier of Colorado home care agencies based on Medicare metrics, and adopted electronic medical records with clinicians using cellular tablets to facilitate real-time communication with the patient’s total health team, all the while reducing the organization’s debt by 90% and cost structure by half. Additionally, under Reilly’s leadership, CVNA was early to recognize the community benefit of reducing hospitalizations, and as a result is now substantially under the state average for rehospitalization of the agency’s patients. Further, Reilly launched a new line of business, Senior Wellness, that serves more than 3,000 seniors each year through foot care clinics.
“Laura Reilly has been a strong leader through the years and has managed the organization through exciting changes and challenging times,” said Nedra Downing, Chair of the board of directors. “The organization and the community have benefited immensely from Laura’s vision and leadership, and we are in a good place to have a changing of the guard, so to speak. We have a dedicated, caring, and talented leadership team in place who will continue to drive patient care quality. While departures such as Laura’s are always bittersweet, we are confident that whoever the new CEO is, Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will continue to be an industry leader.”
The Colorado VNA has retained McAleer Gray LLC to lead a national search to identify Reilly’s successor.
About Colorado Visiting Nurse Association
Founded in 1889 as the Denver Flower Mission, Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has grown to become the state’s second largest home health care provider, providing 190,000 visits per year. Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s compassionate, dedicated, and experienced healthcare professionals are recognized for their expert, personal medical attention and for their strong tradition of ensuring continuity of care while creating warm relationships with patients.