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Porchlight’s Holly Chaffee Named Vice President of Home Care Alliance

RANDOLPH — Porchlight CEO Holly Chaffee has been named vice president of the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts Inc., a statewide association of home-care agencies and their allies dedicated to promoting home care as an integral part of the healthcare system.

Results of the annual election of officers and board members were announced at the alliance’s annual meeting June 18 in Randolph. Chaffee was elected to the one-year term by a vote of the entire alliance membership, which includes nearly 200 agency providers from throughout Massachusetts. Chaffee served as secretary of the alliance’s board of directors in 2014-15.

“The alliance’s work is essential in ensuring that our partners in healthcare, government officials, and the wider community are aware of how critical home-care services are for families across the Commonwealth,” said Chaffee. “Just as we have taken steps to enable Porchlight to grow and thrive into the future, the home-care industry must continue with strong advocacy and leadership. I would like to thank the alliance leadership for its confidence in me as we work to strengthen the role of home-care services within the continuum of care.”

Chaffee has led Porchlight (formerly Lee Regional VNA) since 2009. Over the past six years, she has orchestrated a pivotal name change and rebranding of the organization and oversaw a merger with the former Chicopee VNA and Great to Be Home Care. During her tenure, Porchlight has consistently earned Home Health Care Elite status and earned consecutive deficiency-free surveys from the state Department of Public Health.

“Holly is an innovative leader who has successfully executed a strategic vision at Porchlight,” said Alliance Executive Director Pat Kelleher. “This is the same kind of bold leadership needed for the home-care industry as we anticipate continued changes in regulation, funding, and other crucial areas. She has been a trusted advisor and advocate as a member of our board of directors, and I look forward to working with her in her new role.”

Chaffee — who received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Skidmore College and her master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Hartford — has served on the board of directors for the Visiting Nurse Assoc. of New England for five years and is the organization’s immediate past president. She is also vice chairperson of the Lee Chamber of Commerce.