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Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice Employees Chosen as 2018 Notable Women in Health Care

June 19, 2018 – Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice (“Great Lakes Caring”) is honored to have two of their employees make the inaugural 2018 list of Notable Women in Health Care from Crain’s Detroit Business.

Marcy Miller, Chief Clinical Officer and Deb Polkowski, Director of Hospital Readmission Reduction made the list of 35 women who are leaders in their companies and health care in Michigan. Miller and Polkowski were chosen for their positive impact on patient care at Great Lakes Caring, showing creativity in the way they manage their teams and achieve goals, and for helping to advance the careers of their female employees.

“We are honored to have Marcy and Deb’s leadership making a difference in the lives of patients, families and the communities we serve every day,” said Great Lakes Caring’s Chief Executive Officer Adam Nielsen. “They are significant patient advocates, making sure that our patients receive the right care, at the right time, in the right setting.”

Miller serves as the Chief Clinical Officer at Great Lakes Caring, overseeing the home health and hospice business lines and clinical services provided to these patient populations. In her role, she is responsible for achieving performance improvement, maintaining accreditation status, directing clinical operation in compliance with all applicable regulatory standards, implementing new clinical programs, and general oversight of the financial, operational, and administrative functions of all Home Care and Hospice locations.

“Marcy sees opportunities where others see a closed door,” said Great Lakes Caring’s Illinois Home Health Executive Director Lisa Skopick. “She has a unique ability to put herself in the other person’s shoes. She grows leaders with patience, diligence and caring. It is always what is best for whomever is in the vulnerable seat on the bus – our patient, our staff, our community. If everyone understands why we are doing something, then they are more likely to carry through with it.”

Polkowski leads Great Lakes Caring’s Hospital Readmission Reduction Department, who utilize predictive modeling, evidence-based practices, and patient engagement to ensure that the care and services rendered to patients are efficient, effective, and appropriate to attain desired patient care and decrease unnecessary rehospitalizations. Polkowski’s work is instrumental in ensuring that patients are provided with care in the most cost effective setting possible and serves to reduce expenses to the health care industry.

“Deb was instrumental in creating the Hospital Readmission Reduction Department at Great Lakes Caring,” shared her supervisor, Chief Clinical Officer Marcy Miller. “She researched, piloted and implemented our current risk stratification software and telemedicine devices. At the time, the risk stratification software was a new company and Deb was actively involved in helping them improve their product in order to better suit Great Lakes Caring’s needs, which in turn helped us provide better care for our patients.”