March 26, 2019
Robert Ford Now President of Brockton Visiting Nurse Assn.

Robert Ford
November 19, 2017 — Brockton Visiting Nurse Association, a nonprofit based in Brockton that provides health care services across southeastern Massachusetts, recently announced that Robert Ford has been named president.

Ford succeeds Beverly Pavasaris, who recently retired after serving as president of Brockton Visiting Nurse Association (BVNA) for the last five years.

Ford joined BVNA after several years at All Care VNA, Hospice & Home Care in Lynn, where he served as vice president of clinical services. During his tenure with All Care, Ford helped develop the organization’s preferred provider relationship with the Cambridge Health Alliance and a program aimed at improving the transition of patients from the hospital setting to home to reduced preventable readmissions.

Earlier, he was a clinical manager with Partners HealthCare at Home and worked as a clinical therapist with Cambridge Health Alliance.

Ford said, "I’m thrilled to have been chosen to lead BVNA during this time of change. This organization has a great reputation and delivers quality care. I hope to build upon the strong foundation that Beverly is leaving for me. I know and believe in what home care can do, and I’m excited about the new programs, new models of care and new relationships that can be built, as all healthcare organizations adapt to the evolving marketplace.”

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physiotherapy from Northeastern University and a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing from Bentley University.

During her tenure at BVNA, Pavasaris oversaw expansion of BVNA’s service offerings, including development of a palliative care program for patients with life-limiting illnesses and the expansion of clinical specialties, such as cardiac care using telehealth technology, oncology care and diabetic education.

Pavasaris also focused on building collaborative care models to improve clinical outcomes and patient experiences. She formalized association of BVNA with Signature Healthcare, parent organization of Brockton Hospital and the Signature Medical Group, as their preferred provider for home healthcare services. That relationship introduced a lean management program modeled after and conducted in collaboration with Signature Healthcare’s lean program.

Before her departure, Pavasaris said, “Our healthcare industry and home care as a component of it, has become increasingly more challenging to manage, but infinitely more gratifying as the benefits we can provide to patients have increased with technology, data and more sophisticated methods of management. I’m very excited that I can turn our young lean management system over to Bob to build and nurture, as he brings his exceptional talents to BVNA."

Established in 1904, BVNA today serves more than 800 patients daily.

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