Women2Women - Spring 2017 - 6

Community & Business Profiles,
Insights & Highlights

Transitioning
A CAREER IN HEALTHCARE

to a Business
OF HER OWN

Maria Radwanski, RN, MSN, CRRN,
Owner, Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Vice President,
Health Calls Home Health Agency

By Monica Rush,
Director Rehabilitation Services
Penn State Health St. Joseph

W

e wanted to hear how
Maria transitioned her
career in health care
to a thriving business.
What was her motivation and what influenced
her? How did she make the transition? How
is it working with her daughters? Maria
shares her story.
START OF CAREER - EDUCATION,
EXPERIENCE, KEY EVENTS
I received a bachelor's degree in nursing
from DeSales University and found my first
work home at Reading Rehabilitation Hospital.
I found it to be a great work environment,
surrounded by nurse mentors who encouraged
me, and helped nurture my capabilities as a
leader. Over the years there, I was taught
the principles of Kaizen (which came to the
US from Japan through the manufacturing
industry). In healthcare, I learned to apply these

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principles to make continuous, incremental
improvements and incorporate a philosophy
to build a better organization and community.
The principles include the use of self-discipline
and taking responsibilities for life. I was
encouraged to continue to learn and sought
certification as a Rehabilitation Nurse, and I
obtained a Master's Degree (Thomas Jefferson
University, 1990) to practice as a Clinical
Nurse Specialist in Rehabilitation Nursing.
I also became certified as a Gerontological
Clinical Nurse Specialist and opened Berks
County's first evaluation program for older
adults experiencing geriatric syndromes.
GROWTH - MOTIVATION TO
START YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
After 17 years, I felt the urge to do
something new and left the rehab hospital
(now HealthSouth). I didn't set out to
own a home health agency but stumbled

upon the opportunity after doing some
contractual work with my friends, Mike
and Kerri Little. Mike and Kerri owned
a non-medical company and together, we
purchased a Medicare-certified home health
agency in 2005. We own and operate Health
Calls Home Health Agency. For me, helping
people at home was a perfect segue from
working in a rehab hospital because we help
people rehabilitate where they live, and finetune how to manage daily life safely, making
adaptations in their home environment.
We help people safely transition home. We
are motivated to provide services that mix
compassion, clinical expertise, and knowledge
so that people become independent at home.
We have chosen the best team of nurses
and therapists to help patients and their
families during a chaotic time in life. They
make difficult work look easy and I have
tremendous respect for each of them.



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