Darla Thompson: Recipient of Minnesota Home Care Professional of the Year!
Congratulations to Recover Health’s Darla Thompson who has been selected as the Minnesota Home Care Professional of the Year, which is Minnesota HomeCare Association’s highest honor! Thompson, a valued team member of Recover Health, is a tireless advocate for home health care patients throughout the Midwest.
Minnesota HomeCare Association’s 50th Annual Meeting & Expo is November 9-20. Minnesota HomeCare Association (MHCA) is very established and represents nearly 150 home care agencies throughout the state of Minnesota. Their vision: MHCA will shape the home care landscape to improve and sustain quality home care services.
Passion and Focus
Thompson, a native of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota is based out of the corporate office in Minnetonka and lives in Bloomington. Thompson has been working in home care for 24 years and has been with Recover Health for 8 years. She serves as the Director of Complex Skilled Hourly Nursing, Sprout Pediatrics and has been developing Recover Nurse Resources, a COVID swab testing team since July. Thompson’s passion and focus of her work at Recover Health has been complex hourly skilled nursing, and in 2013, Thompson spearheaded Sprout Pediatrics at Recover Health.
Thompson’s team serves approximately 200 clients with about 400-500 nurses, providing about 8,000 hours of nursing care per week. “Because of low payer reimbursements,” Thompson shares, “we have to be extremely efficient with everything we do.”
One thing that sets Thompson apart is the fact that she is always trying to figure out what’s missing—what could be done better. As a result of her many efforts and her passionate approach to home care, she has been increasingly involved in advancing home care in Minnesota.
Minnesota HomeCare Association
Thompson’s work with Minnesota HomeCare Association has been focused on raising standards and ensuring quality for home care. Her approach has included the philosophy of working to elevate the level of care for all home care in Minnesota. As a result, she has been involved with education and initiatives to help lead various committees. She has been active on committees that advocate for home care and payer reform and raising rates so staff can get paid higher wages which will help with staff retention.
For the past three years, Thompson has participated and now chairs the Workforce Taskforce to elevate home care as an option to nurses coming out of nursing school to make home care more attractive as a career option. “We need nurses that can hit the ground running,” Thompson says. Workforce Taskforce offers numerous presentations for new grads to get a better understanding of home care. Another facet of Workforce Taskforce is working to ensure quality training and setting expectations. Thompson is also involved in the advocacy committee, which works to create a great day at the Minnesota State Capitol to get in front of lawmakers in an effort to raise the level of awareness of what home care is and to work on getting higher reimbursement levels and other legislation written into law.
Vision for the Future
Thompson’s goal at Recover Health is for Recover Health to be the provider of choice and the employer of choice. Anyone who has spent any time speaking with Thompson can easily see she is passionate and driven to improve the quality and transformational benefits of home care delivered to the families and clients that Recover Health serves.
Please join us in congratulating Thompson on her outstanding achievements and being selected as the Minnesota Home Care Professional of the Year!