WALLINGFORD — When local resident Tracy Wodatch started working at the Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home nine years ago she had hoped to one day lead the group. Last week she was named the new president and CEO of the organization.
“I’m really excited because I think we can move the association forward in a very positive way,” Wodatch said.
The Wallingford-based association named Wodatch CEO following her role as the executive interim director. The association is the “industry’s united voice providing legislative and regulatory advocacy, education and collaboration for Connecticut’s home health and hospice agencies,” according to a press release. The group champions “cost-effective, person-centered healthcare in the setting people prefer most – their own homes,” the release read.
Wodatch, a registered nurse with 35 years of experience in the healthcare field, joined the association as vice president of Clinical and Regulatory Services in 2011. She previously held positions in various home health agencies, including Hartford Healthcare at Home and Apple Healthcare. Wodatch, a Meriden native, lives in Wallingford.
Janine Fay, chairman of the association’s board, said Wodatch was the right person for the job because of her ability to communicate with members, legislators, and government administrators.
“Tracy is a very strong advocate,” Fay said.” She has a passion for our industry and she is extremely knowledgeable.”
The current position is a blend of the responsibilities Wodatch had in her previous role, with the addition of advocacy.
“In my former position, I mostly supported our members … support for clinical as well as regulatory needs,” Wodatch said. “Adding the advocacy piece is a lot more depth than (my previous role.)”
Wodatch is eager to address the challenges the association faces. With the continued aging of the population and more need for home healthcare services, workforce development and regeneration is at the top of her priority list, she said.
“The most important goal for me in this role is to help our home health, hospice and home care provider members to continue to be successful and viable,” Wodatch said.