Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Welcomes New Leadership Rebecca Benard, Matthew Brown, & Betty Griffin
Santa Barbara, CA February 9, 2017- Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) is pleased to announce Rebecca Benard as our Director of Strategic Business Advancement. In this position, she is responsible for maintaining and growing successful relationships with healthcare partners that result in improved population health for older adults through patient referrals, provision of home care services, and education. As well, Rebecca will develop and implement strategic initiatives to strengthen the agency’s core businesses and expand its reach and effectiveness.
She brings extensive and successful experience in both the profit and nonprofit sectors to her current position. For the past four years, Rebecca was a key member of VNHC’s Foundation team and helped raise significant funds and built trusted relationships in our community that advanced VNHC’s reach and reputation. For over a decade, she worked as a development professional creating and executing fundraising strategies that have significantly increased levels of support for nonprofit organizations, specifically in the areas of healthcare, social services, and the environment. For 13 years as a small business owner, Rebecca managed professional associations and was responsible for transitioning these organizations from grassroots affiliations to nationally recognized membership chapters, flush with financial resources and highly influential reputations. In 12 years in the corporate aerospace industry, she worked as a financial analyst and strategic planner, evaluating technologies to develop and spin off into incubator businesses. She earned her MBA from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Rebecca and her husband Ben live in the Ojai Valley where they raised their now-adult daughter Laura (who now lives and works in Santa Barbara).
The organization is also pleased to welcome Matthew Brown as Director of Information Systems. As Director of Information Systems, he will provide overall vision and leadership for the development and implementation of the organization-wide technology driven information systems program in support of business and clinical operations consistent with the direction provided by VNHC. Matthew is responsible for developing, planning, budgeting, coordinating, and managing all information systems and practices in accordance with present and future needs of VNHC. Matthew’s extensive experience in the Information Technology management field will be a great addition to our highly collaborative management team. He brings over sixteen years of experience within the IT Industry advocating and leading strategic technology initiatives.
Matthew received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Science from the Pacific Lutheran University, and later obtaining his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Massachusetts. He has since then directed and managed Information Technology and Operations for several different organizations gaining extensive experience architecting computing solutions, managing IT operations, and employing value-added technology. VNHC is excited that he has joined the management team and looks forward to his positive impact on the organization.
To wrap up the addition of leadership in the New Year, VNHC welcomes Betty L. Griffin as Director of Hospice. Griffin brings thirty six years of experience as a registered nurse and in management, specializing in pediatrics, medical-surgical, home health, and hospice. As Director of Hospice, Griffin will be the head of overall direction for hospice services. The Director of Hospice establishes, implements, and evaluates goals and objectives for hospice services that meet and promote the standards of quality and contribute to the total organization and philosophy.
Griffin graduated from Fort Hays State College in Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduating, Griffin continued to reside in Kansas working as a visiting nurse and the Director of Nursing until moving to southern California to continue her work. Over the years she has become well-respected in her career of different nursing positions, winning Vitas Orange County Caregiver of the Year Award in 2001, and has managed many different departments within the organizations she has worked at.
Before joining VNHC, Griffin was the Director of Patient Services at Roze Room Hospice of Ventura. There she supervised the hiring, evaluation, and training of all staff and patient care; instructing members on hospice regulations. At the same time she assisted in fiscal management of the department and also served as an Administrator-On-Call. Griffin’s extensive work in hospice care makes her an extremely skilled addition to our organization and VHNC is delighted to have her!
About Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) is the leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive home health care, personal care, palliative care, hospice care, and related services necessary to promote the health and well-being of all community residents. Established in 1908, VNHC is one Santa Barbara’s oldest nonprofit organizations serving the greater Santa Barbara area, and Santa Ynez and Lompoc Valleys. VNHC’s mission is to provide compassionate and trusted care for all, including those unable to pay. For more information, visit www.vnhcsb.org or call (805) 965-5555.