Olson named VNS of Connecticut president, CEO
BRIDGEPORT » Visiting Nurse Services (VNS) of Connecticut, one of the state’s largest non-profit providers of skilled home health and hospice services, is pleased to announce that Ann M. Olson, RN, BSN, has been selected to be its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Olson willth lead the diverse agency which cares for approximately 7,800 patients each year in Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield counties from patient care branches located in Torrington, Oxford, Trumbull and its Bridgeport headquarters. She replaces William F. Sullivan, Jr., who retired af- ter three decades in VNS’s top position.
Ms. Olson, who brings over 30 years of management, strategic planning, business development and leadership experience, comes to VNS from national health care consulting firm Qualidigm in Wethersfield, where she served as Principal and Vice President since 2015. Prior to her Qualidigm work, Ann was President and Chief Executive Officer of Interim Healthcare of Hartford, a for-profit provider of skilled home health care, hospice and private duty services during her 23-year tenure.
Olson has been active both statewide and nationally in working to improve the quality of health care delivery. Her strengths include financial, clinical, human resources, operations and business development. She is knowledgeable of transformational change manage- ment to enhance engagement, accountability and improvement of quality outcome metrics. She has ACHC (Accreditation Commission for Health Care) and Six Sigma Green Belt certifications andis currently working toward completion of her Master’s in Business Administration next May. She has served on the Qualidigm Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home for two terms and has chaired that group’s Government Relations Committee.
O&G breaks ground at Grasso Technical High School
TOR RING TON» O&G Industries began work on the construction of the new Ella T. Grasso Technical High School in Groton, Connecticut.
O&G was selected as the Con- struction Manager for the $98.3 million dollar construction project. The project will include construction of a new 220,000 square foot facility on the existing site. The new school will be built adjacent to the current facility with completion of the new building expected in the fall of 2019 for arriving students, followed by demolition of the existing school where new athletic facilities will be sited on its former footprint.
Grasso serves students from 24 towns in Southeastern Connecticut with an annual enrollment of over 500 students. Programs offered at the school include Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Electrical, Manufacturing Technology, Plumbing & Heating, HVAC and Information Systems Technology. The new facility will allow the school to serve 800 students from throughout the region, offering eleven programs in technology and core programs.
CHH Surgical Associates welcomes new surgeon
TORRINGTON » The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Surgical Group has welcomed Alph Emmanuel, MD, to the practice, joining fellow surgeons William McGeehin, MD, and Timothy Gostkowski, MD at
their office at 538 Litchfield Street, Suite 201, Torrington.
Dr. Emmanuel is a graduate of St. John’s Medical College and Hospital in Bangalore, India, and completed his General Surgery Residency at UCONN Health Center in Farmington and
the Hospital of Saint Raphael in NewHaven, CT. He was a research fellow at Saint Francis Hospital, Har t f ord, CT, and his writings have been published in the Journal of American College
For information and appointments, please call 860 489 7017.
A rendering of Grasso Tech, courtesy of O&G Industries.
Dr. Alph Emmanual