Virginia (Vicky) has offered her love, knowledge, and leadership within the health care industry for over 40 years. She has served many different roles throughout her career and has left a positive imprint on the hearts and souls of the clients and caregivers she has served and supported.
Vicky entered the health care industry at the early age of 14 by volunteering as a “Candy Striper” in the local hospital where she lived. When she reached her 20’s, Vicky had begun working as a Certified Nurses’ Aide (CNA) and Home Health Aide (HHA) assisting and supporting families caring for their infants as well as for families caring for an adult or elderly loved one.
In the 1980’s, Vicky owned and operated an “Office For Children” Licensed Home Daycare, while attending evening college courses to continue her education. Then in 1990, Vicky received an Associate’s Degree in Human Services and a Mental Health Certificate from Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA. After graduation, Vicky took on a position as a community support counselor at North Central Human Services where she wrote and carried out programs and evaluations for clients with various mental health diagnoses, in an outpatient psychiatric setting. She then worked as the supervisor of an independent living program, while working at the Dr. Franklin Perkin’s School in Lancaster, MA. In this capacity she was able to offer her services to those with emotional, mental, and developmental disabilities. Looking to further her career within the health care industry, Vicky went back to school for nursing and in May 1994 she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree with a Minor in Psychology from Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, MA. Upon graduation, Vicky was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing as a member of Epsilon Beta Chapter at Fitchburg State College and the National Honor Society in Psychology – Psi Chi.
Vicky has worked in all aspects of Home Care. While working towards her degree, she worked as a CNA/HHA at Olsten Health Services. Upon graduating and passing her boards to become a Registered Nurse (RN), Vicky served as a Pediatric and Geriatric Nurse for the company and later took on the role of RN Manager of Clinical Practice.
In April 1999, she co-founded Always On Call Health Services®, Inc. with her husband Mike from their home, before moving the business a few months later to its current location. On August 25, 1999 the official ribbon cutting was performed by Mayor Dean Mazzarella.
In February 2002, Vicky completed an American Heart Association training program to become a Certified Basic Life Support Instructor to teach CPR and First Aid. To this day, she has used this certification to teach her employees and the general public the skills necessary to saving a life. She has also devoted time to teaching CPR and First aid to families that live with loved ones with disabilities.
Today, Vicky serves on the Board of Directors and is the acting Branch RN Administrator for Always On Call Health Services®, Inc. The company is in its 18th year in business and is flourishing. During the recent recessionary period, Vicky continued to lead the company to success and continues to provide superior home care services to all of Central Massachusetts. Vicky has committed herself to giving back to the community by hosting fundraisers throughout the year for the Relay for Life Cancer Walk and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Each Fall, Vicky hosts a collection of non-perishable foods and monetary donations to benefit those that are in need. During Christmas time, through the company, she “adopts” a few families and hosts a collection for the YWCA/Battered Women’s Resources to able to provide the families with a Christmas that they otherwise would not have.
Vicky is a proud member of the Massachusetts Home Care Council, Northern Worcester County Alzheimer Partnership, North Central Chamber of Commerce, Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Dancers of Central MA. She participates in the yearly Relay for Life Cancer Walk and the Northern Worcester County “Walk to End Alzheimer’s”. She assisted in the creation of the “Medication Administration in Child Care” (MACC) training program in Massachusetts for licensed childcare/daycare providers.
In addition to her love and passion for the health care industry and giving back to the community, Vicky enjoys ballroom dancing, long motorcycle trips, traveling to the beaches of the world, and spending quality time with her family. She is a proud mother of 3, an energetic and enthusiastic grandmother of 5, and a loving wife of 38 years.