The Growth of Caring

The Growth of Caring

State-of-the-Heart Careers

Originally founded in 1994 by William and Cheri Lyn Deary, RN, Great Lakes Caring has grown to become one of the largest Medicare-certified, home care companies in the Midwest. With their passion for prioritizing patient care, raising industry standards, fostering a quality work environment and supporting the community, they set out to provide superior quality health care to their patients—a mission of caring that has never wavered and remains the cornerstone upon which the company is managed.

Beginning with a Purpose

Cheri Lyn Deary, RN, an experienced emergency room nurse, recognized a significant lack of high quality, comprehensive home health care options as she helped her mom take care of her ill grandfather. As a nurse, she knew how to provide expert care for patients and families. So in 1994, she founded Great Lakes Caring with the help of her husband, William, whose Fortune 500 business experience proved invaluable throughout the process.

Accelerated Growth

Over the next decade, Great Lakes Caring saw significant growth, opening five offices throughout Michigan and earning Medicare certification throughout all of them. This helped earn them an invitation to join the Home Care 100. The company also became licensed by Medicare to deliver Hospice services, as well as established Home Medical Equipment as a separate service entity, adding hundreds of career opportunities for health care professionals.

Sustained Excellence

In 2005, Great Lakes Caring opened the doors to their state-of-the-art corporate headquarters, which was designed and built using environmentally friendly standards developed by LEED. It even attracted the attention of the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who praised the company for “recognizing the future of health care”. During that same year, Great Lakes Caring was recognized for raising the standard of home health care by receiving the first of three consecutive Michigan Awards of Excellence for Improving Care in the Home Health Setting. Also, William’s business prowess and corporate success earned him an Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young.

Between 2006 and 2009, Great Lakes opened three more Medicare-certified offices throughout Michigan, including the acquisition of Peoplecare Home Health in Grand Rapids. They showed such significant growth and profitability that they were included on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies for three years running. The need for committed, high-quality health care professionals was reaching a fever pitch.

Regional Expansion

In 2010, Great Lakes Caring expanded to Indiana with the acquisition of Community Home Health Network in Kokomo. They then opened two additional offices in Lafayette and Indianapolis, as well as acquired Day-by-Day Hospice in Danville to expand their superior quality hospice services to Indiana. During this time, the select divisions of the company would also be nationally accredited by ACHC.

Late in 2010, Great Lakes Caring acquired and integrated with In-House Hospice, which provided hospice and palliative care services throughout Southern Michigan and Ohio from seven offices. This expansion was just another step in the sustained growth of superior quality caring in the home that William and Cheri Lyn vowed to provide more than 15 years ago.

Today, Great Lakes Caring provides superior quality health care to more than 6,000 patients from more than 2,000 referring physicians every day, with 14 branch offices throughout the Midwest.

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A Career That Cares About You

There are a wide range of benefits to joining the Great Lakes Caring family, some of which may include: