President & Chief Executive Officer
Norene is President & CEO of Visiting Nurse Health System, Inc., a $60+ million nonprofit organization providing home healthcare, long-term care at home, and end-of-life hospice services to more than 7,000 patients and clients each day throughout greater Atlanta. Visiting Nurse employs approximately 750 professionals and operates the 36-bed Hospice Atlanta Center in Buckhead, the largest hospice facility in the state.
From 2009 to 2016, Norene was President and CEO of HCI-VNS Care Services of Iowa. HCI-VNS served more than 65,000 patients annually in 44 counties. In 2012, Norene successfully led the merger of Hospice of Central Iowa and Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa—the state’s largest home care and hospice programs—to provide compassionate and effective community-based care to thousands of children, families and older Iowans. Under Norene’s leadership, HCI-VNS was recognized as one of the best places to work in Iowa by the Des Moines Register, honored with the United Way of Central Iowa’s Live United Give Award and the Better Business Bureau’s Integrity Award.
Prior to HCI-VNS, Norene was the chief operating officer of HospiceCare Inc. (now Agrace HospiceCare) in Madison, Wisconsin, which provided end-of-life care to more than 500 patients each day. Norene has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management. She was recently honored as the 2015 Outstanding Agency Leader of the Year by the Visiting Nurse Association of America, and 2015 Advocate of the Year by the United Way of Central Iowa.
Norene is active in many professional and community organizations. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Visiting Nurse Association of America. She served on Iowa’s Mortuary Science Board, the State of Iowa Workforce Investment Board, and Iowa’s Regional Workforce Investment Board (region 11) where she served as chair.
Norene earned an MBA from University of Wisconsin—Madison, and a BS degree in Mathematics Teaching from University of Illinois—Chicago. She lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Sam and their dog Milo.