VANCOUVER, BC - (Marketwired - April 26, 2016) - Nurse Next Door co-founders Ken Sim and John DeHart announced today the promotion of Cathy Thorpe to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nurse Next Door. Her bold and disruptive leadership as president since 2014 has dramatically expanded Nurse Next Door's franchise locations from 85 to 130, while growing the business by 30 per cent year-over-year.
"We have Cathy to credit for the exceptional growth experienced in such a short period of time," says Dehart. "She is a visionary, an industry disruptor and world class business strategist, but more importantly her ability to lead is guided by heart. Cathy balances the demands for business growth without compromising operational excellence in the process."
Thorpe joined Nurse Next Door as president in 2014 after Sim and DeHart recognized the need to bring in an experienced leader who could professionalize and elevate the operations while accelerating growth and expansion. Since founding the home care company in Vancouver, B.C. in 2001, Sim and DeHart had dedicated their efforts to growing the business to reach 84 franchise locations across Canada and the U.S. Thorpe entered the company at the onset of it becoming one of the fastest growing home care providers in North America and has continued to accelerate its growth.
Thorpe's leadership style has been described as compassionate but disruptive, constantly challenging the industry's status quo. In February 2016, Nurse Next Door announced their industry-first partnership with St. Joseph Health -- a $6 billion California-based healthcare organization -- to expand over 30 locations in the Southern California market, a strategic initiative led by Thorpe and accomplished with her team. Through this partnership, St. Joseph became a franchisee of Nurse Next Door marking the first time a hospital system has become a franchisee of a private duty home care brand.
"She emanates bold decision-making," says Sim. "What is truly inspiring about Cathy is her ability to transparently look at business and understand our motivation, then implement plans that move the barometer where it matters that also make it difficult for our industry to ignore."
As CEO, Thorpe will oversee strategic direction to enter new markets, achieve new heights in operational excellence, and excel its people brand.
Nurse Next Door is one of North America's fastest growing home care providers with more than 130 locations and 4,000 employees across North America. Beyond providing the highest quality care for seniors, the company consistently improves the quality of life for their clients and delivers a unique #HappierAging experience to get clients back to doing the things they love to do. Founded in 2001 in Vancouver, B.C., Nurse Next Door's continuous innovation in the home care space is turning it into a globally admired brand. As an employer, it has been ranked among Aon Hewitt's Best 50 Small and Medium Employers, BC Business' Best Companies to Work For and Achiever's 50 Most Engaged Workplaces. The company has also garnered numerous business awards including placing on Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 list, being named the fifth best mid-sized franchise system in North America by Franchise Business Review, and heralded as Canada's Smartest Company by Profit Magazine. To learn more about how Nurse Next Door is #MakingLivesBetter, visit www.nursenextdoor.com.
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