Independence Plus is unique in the home healthcare field because we specialize in providing home care for adult and pediatric patients with complex medical and respiratory needs. We also offer three service lines – Skilled Hourly Home Nursing, Home Health Visits and High-Tech Medical Equipment. As we continue to grow our company and expand our coverage area we are always looking for dynamic professionals to join our team. Last year we were thrilled to welcome Carrie Pierce, BS, RRT, RCP, to oversee the operations of our practice with emphasis in our complex equipment division. “Carrie has really hit the ground running,” said Danilo Coité MD, Independence Plus’s CEO and President. “She’s a great leader and has already demonstrated a high level of dedication and professionalism. We are really happy to have her on board.” We recently sat down with Carrie to discuss what brought her to Independence Plus, what she will be doing in her new role, and where she gets her inspiration.
Q: Tell us a little about your background and what brought you to Independence Plus.
A: I have been an RCP for more than 20 years and have vast experience in acute care, LTA, DME, Lab, Sterilization, etc. I became familiar with Independence Plus through John Cahill [RRT, RCP, Respiratory Transition Specialist] and Anne O’Sullivan [RRT, RCP, Senior Clinical Transition Specialist – National] when they presented at the hospital where I previously worked. They seemed dedicated and professional and I was shocked how they successfully transitioned patients home – patients needing extensive care that I never thought could be managed at home. Once I started, I was surprised at how much the staff enjoys their work. No one wants to retire!
Q: What does your job entail and what are you enjoying most about your new role so far?
A: I’m responsible for overseeing the Home Medical Equipment division. I’ve been here since the end of July and I’m still learning; it’s evolving as we grow – and we are growing fast. I really enjoy mentoring and helping staff develop. I love to inspire my staff to do work that’s meaningful to them and motivating them to step out of their comfort zone.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: That would be my former Respiratory Program Director. She was known to be really tough, but she recognized talent and brought out the best in me. I also believe in the importance of community and family. I am truly connected with the people in the neighborhood where I live. My daily commute is long but it’s worth it to live in an area where I’m so connected.
Q: What are you most proud of?
A: I’m proud of how I’m willing to try anything once. From food to adventure there is very little I won’t try. I have been lucky to instill this in to my son, who is equally adventurous.
Q: What words do you live by?
A: Never pass up an opportunity because you never know if there will be a second chance.
Q: What is the one thing about yourself that you think people would be surprised to know?
A: Although I have a fear of deep water, on my bucket list is cage diving with great white sharks. Coincidentally, my son has always been fascinated with sharks and has requested to plan a trip to swim with sharks. Currently he is young, so we are waiting until he is older to cage dive.
Q: What volunteer efforts have you supported?
A: Much of my volunteer work has been with an animal-assisted therapy program and an animal rescue. Animals are so forgiving and intuitive. As we save them, they in turn save us by the unconditional love they give.
To read Carrie’s bio, click here.