SUNRISE, Fla. - Sept. 30, 2013 // PRNewswire // - Interim HealthCare Inc. announced today that President and CEO Kathleen Gilmartin has been elected to the International Franchise Association Board of Directors. She is one of 7 new members and will begin her term following the 54th IFA Annual Convention in February 2014. The Board is comprised of 24 members and 8 Executive Committee members.
"I'm honored to join this group of industry leaders charged with protecting, enhancing and promoting franchise operations in the United States and globally," said Gilmartin. "There are so many important discussions and decisions being made, not only legislatively but at the hyper-local level, and the Association has a proud history of representing excellence in all these franchise operations."
"Interim HealthCare and Kathleen have been important public policy advocates on behalf of the IFA and the entire industry," said Steve Caldeira, IFA President and CEO. "We're are thrilled that she will be officially joining our Board of Directors."
Gilmartin leads the national network of home care, hospice and health staffing franchises, which is known for its continuum of care, and has just spearheaded Interim HealthCare Inc.'s global launch with the acquisition of UK-based Bluebird Care Franchises Limited. Since joining Interim HealthCare in 2008, she has revitalized franchise development and specifically driven hospice and personal care and support services expansion. Gilmartin is a member of the IFA's Women's Franchise Committee, the IFA's Convention Committee and the Regulatory Advisory Committee for the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. She is also a board member of the Alliance for Home Care Quality & Innovation. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from D'Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y.
"The franchise industry will benefit from the caliber of broad experience these 7 franchise professionals are willing to share with the industry and IFA," said IFA Chairman Steve Romaniello, CFE, Roark Capital Group managing director and FOCUS Brands chairman.
Interim HealthCare® Inc., founded in 1966, is a leading national franchisor of home care, hospice and healthcare staffing companies. The company recently acquired UK-based Bluebird Care Franchises Limited, growing its franchise operations to approximately 500 global locations with more than 250 owner groups. Interim HealthCare in the United States is unique in combining the commitment of local ownership with the support of a national organization that develops innovative programs and quality standards that improve the delivery of service. Franchisees employ nurses, therapists, aides, companions and other healthcare professionals who provide 25 million hours of home care service to 190,000 people each year, meeting a variety of home health, senior care, hospice, palliative care, pediatric care and healthcare staffing needs. For more information or to locate an Interim HealthCare office, visit www.interimhealthcare.com.
The International Franchise Association is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. Celebrating over 50 years of excellence, education and advocacy, IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising. Through its media awareness campaign highlighting the theme, Franchising: Building Local Businesses, One Opportunity at a Time, IFA promotes the economic impact of the more than 825,000 franchise establishments, which support nearly 18 million jobs and $2.1 trillion of economic output for the U.S. economy. IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law and business development.
SOURCE Interim HealthCare Inc.