It’s very important that you like how you spend your days, and I really do,” says Mary Gadomski, director of business development and community relations for the Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester. An incredibly dedicated RN, she has spent the past 35 years helping to grow VNS Westchester, expanding its service area to include Putnam, Rockland, and Duchess Counties, as well as the Bronx, almost tripling the number of patients, to 10,000 a year.
Gadomski’s passion for homecare began in college, she says, where she learned that “Visiting patients at home is a great opportunity to effect change. You’re working with the patient, as well as the families and caregivers,” she explains. Positive change is all important to Gadomski, who is the force behind many community-education initiatives, including the Ask the Visiting Nurse program at senior centers, a tobacco cessation program, and a Nurses of the Future scholarship. She’s humble about her accomplishments over her 25-year tenure with VNS Westchester: “You just arrive in the morning and tackle it all,” she says.
Gadomski never forgets that working in healthcare “means that you are dealing with people’s lives. It’s a demanding role that it’s my privilege to play.”
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