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We are Helping You Choose Your Home Care Consultant Wisely

Choose a home care consultant that does it all. From guaranteeing your Home Care Agency startup, will successfully obtain a state home care license. To offering lifetime Home Care Agency consultation and home care training to your home care business. 21st Century Health Care Consultants is the only choice when choosing a Home Care consultant.

During its existence, 21st Century Health Care Consultants has successfully helped establish and helped obtain licensure and home care accreditation for more than 1000 Home Health Care businesses. 21st Century Health Care Consultants have assisted clients in the establishment of such home care businesses in all states that do not require a certificate of need (meaning the state is not accepting new license applications).

We pride ourselves in our ability to complete state Home Care license applications quickly, without error as well as successfully preparing our clients for their home care license inspections. In our long history, we have never had a Home Care business fail to obtain its state license or home health care accreditation.

Today 21st Century has 25 full-time employees located at its Florida headquarters. During its existence, 21st Century has obtained licensure and accreditation for over 1500 health care organizations. We have assisted clients in the establishment of such Home Care Businesses in 43 of the 50 states.

Unlike most companies who offer diluted consulting in many different areas, we offer and pride ourselves on being the best in this one area of “Medicare, Medicaid and Private Duty Accreditation Preparation and Certification”.

Why have we been so successful helping all of our agencies obtain accreditation and certification?

The fact is that we are only focused on the Medicare/Medicaid accreditation and certification process. This allows us to provide the very best in education, training, and preparation for certification for home health care agencies.

21st Century Health Care Consultants Employees

Rosina McFadden, MS, BSN

Rosina McFadden, MS, BSN, is known as the pioneer in home care and a former CHAP Accreditation Senior Site Surveyor. Rosina received her BSN from Hunter College and received an MS in Community Health Administration from Long Island University. Rosina has had many great accomplishments, some of which she pioneered New York’s Long-Term Home Health Care Program which has become the model for new programs and remains the largest and most successful in the state.

She organized the largest and most successful Lifeline Program in the country. She negotiated first fee-for-service nursing contract in the USA which has provided increased availability of nurses. She founded a nationally recognized Home Care Department whose budget grew to $20 million and 260,000 visits under her leadership. Rosina provided leadership and expertise in the development of the Long-Term Home Health Care Program for the state of Hawaii. She was the First Vice President of the Home Care Association of New York State and developed procedures for recording and maintenance of records to provide improved accessibility, clarity, time efficiency and potential analysis of data.

She was the Chairperson of the Public Policy Committee, Legislative Analysis and Action Committee for the Home Care Association. She was First Vice President, Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Lung Association. She was a member of the New York State Senate Health Committee, Paraprofessional Task force and the Professional Affairs Policy Committee of the Greater New York Hospital Association. Recipient of the Ruth F. Wilson Award from the Home Care Association of New York State for outstanding contributions of statewide significance to the home care field and recipient of the New York State Legislature’s Nurse of Distinction, Nurse of the year Award. Rosina McFadden is presently the CEO of 21st Century Health Care Consultants Group and the company’s chief clinician and Clinical Servant Leader.

John Dapello, CEO

John is former executive at Reynolds and Reynolds (a Fortune 500 Company) and the President of Total Care Permanent Staffing Services (the industry’s largest international recruitment agency for nurses and permanent nurse place). With office locations in the Philippines, Dubai, Nigeria, and North America, John has been around home health care all his life and became a Managing Member of 21st Century Health Care Consultants and acts as 21st Century’s Servant Leader, President & Owner.

Rhonda Surgnier, RN, BSN

Rhonda Surgnier is a certified CHAP consultant and Registered Nurse of 38 years of extensive experience in Home Health Care including Medicare services, Private Duty services, Personal care services, Pediatrics, and Infusion therapy. Throughout her career, she has had many great accomplishments. Some of which are when she was a pediatric nurse manager.

She developed the first “sick” daycare unit in the state of Florida, a newborn care program and a maternal tocolytic therapy and fetal monitoring program for pre-term labor patients. She specializes in IV Therapy Services and has held positions that include Director of Nursing, General Manager of an Infusion pharmacy and Clinical Director for seven pharmacies.

Rhonda was an Administrator/Director of Nursing for a Medicare/Private Duty home care agency and has developed CEU programs, maintenance of Performance Improvement programs, staff teaching, PICC insertions, policies, and procedures. Her accreditation experiences include CHAP and ACHC. Rhonda also holds a certification in Case Management thru ANCC. Rhonda is an operations director at 21st Century Corporate office and their clinical Servant Leader.

Becky Tolson, RN, BS

Becky Tolson is a Registered Nurse serving as one of the Clinical Directors at 21st Century. Her extensive experience consists in both the clinical field and the administrative aspect of home health care as well as the operational assistance of a specialty pharmacy. She has practiced licensure in both Florida and Texas for Medicare and Private Duty Agencies. She is an active association member of HCAF, INS, and AHCC. She assists in the development and training of boot camps to include the advanced coding class as well as infusion boot camp. In addition, she makes onsite visits to clients for mock surveys for accreditation preparation. Her specialties and passions include OASIS and wound care. Her accreditation knowledge expands both CHAP and ACHC.

Becky also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration to include management and marketing. She has been involved in the formation of many home health agencies’ policies and procedures as well as marketing materials/strategies to include website development, agency brochures, and patient education newsletters.

Patricia Covone, RN, BS

Patricia Covone is a Registered Nurse of 42 years and a Legal Nurse Consultant. She has extensive clinical experience in Home Health Care, Critical Care, Medical Surgical Nursing, Post Anesthesia Care, Short Procedure Unit and Discharge Planning.

Some of her accomplishments include obtaining certification as a Legal Nurse Consultant, holding management positions in Home Health and legal consulting. Pat directed a team of legal nurses in the Philadelphia area and coordinated the completion of written medical chronologies with trial deadlines. As Supervisor of a home health agency, Pat also developed a self-scheduling program, taught in-services to staff, acted as a liaison between the hospital and home, and was a mentor to newly hired RNs.

Pat currently works as one of the Clinical Directors at 21st Century and is committed to fostering a communicative, trusting relationship with her clients.

Melanie Ballinger, RN

Melanie Ballinger is a Registered Nurse for over 40 years. She has been providing Hospice Nursing for 20+ years serving as Director of Nursing, Charge Nurse, In-Patient Unit, Admissions RN for Home Hospice, RN Case Manager, Emergency on Call RN, Administrator, Nurse Educator.  Specializing in clinical symptom management and palliative care.  She has a passion for teaching and implementing great customer service. She was an RN Nurse Educator for Chattahoochee Community College, as RN and LPN instructor for Pharmacology, Anatomy, and Physiology, Medical Terminology.  Clinical instructor for clinical teams at the local hospitals for clinical rotations.  She has practiced Oncology Nursing for 8 years, leading others in Chemo Certification, Clinical Management, Team Building, helping patients and families make informed best choices about health care and end of life issues.  Served as a cohort in the first successful team of Clinical Nurse Managers in the first venture for a hospital with Quality Improvements, PIPs, with Job Sharing.

Leadership roles in Emergency Medicine for 10+ years, teaching new staff how to manage stressful situations with tragedy and sudden death, teaching code team appropriate responses to families during code situations, working on Clinical Nurse Education Team to ensure all ER staff is always up to date with newest technologies and innovations.

Melanie currently works as Clinical Directors at 21st Century’s Hospice Consulting program.

Nicole Musgrave

Nicole is a member of 21st Century Health Care Consultants “Clinical Department”.  She has more than 13 years of customer service experience with seven plus years being in the medical field. Her medical experience includes managing a private practice ENT office, transcription, coding, and billing. Nicole is a certified coder and biller with ENT Specialty experience. She is currently working on adding Home Health certification to her coding credentials.

Carol Byrne

For the last 5 years, Carol Byrne has worked with 21st Century Health Care Consultants as the Customer Commitment Director. She is generally the first contact clients make when they call the company and she guides them through the options available to them in their states. She likes to think of herself as an Ombudsman, always there for her clients to answer questions and provide guidance when needed. Along with her team, she has brought about a sustained growth in the company. Carol Byrne was born in Brooklyn, New York and is a graduate of Hunter College with a degree in Psychology and Education. Her years of teaching and service to her community has brought about her love of people and her desire to help those realize their dreams and achieve their goals. Carol presently acts as 21st Century’s Servant Leader in the Quality Commitment Department.

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As a member of the “Quality Commitment Department”, Don is the first point-of-contact for individuals wishing to begin the start-up process of owning a health care agency. He will assist you in identifying the “type of agency” that will best meet your needs as a business owner. He will educate you on the State regulations and requirements to ensure the successful launch of your agency.

As an individual, he has always had a passion for working with people from all walks of life around the world. Don has lived in India, the Philippines and various locations throughout the United States. Don is dedicated to helping clients fulfill their dreams while improving the health and well-being of the clients they serve in their communities.

Phebe Simmons

Phebe is an out-going, hardworking professional who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics. She joined 21st Century Health Care Consultant following a relocation back to Florida after a 20 year journey in Northern California. Phebe brings a wide spectrum of experience and knowledge to the organization. She has over 14 years of management experience, 12 years of Corporate Business experience, and several years of business ownership experience. She is also a Certified Professional Coder through AAPC. Phebe understands the hurdles and challenges that goes along with stretching outside of comfort zones and not accepting anything less than the success of accomplishing what one sets out to do. The great Philosopher Aristotle once said: “Patience is bitter but its fruit is Sweet!”

Britt Johnson

Brit Johnson is a member of our Licensing and Accreditation team.  She came to us with over 10 years of customer service experience.  She has worked in a variety of industries that has given her an expanse of knowledge and once in a lifetime experience.  From learning how to cook the perfect funnel cake for the fair goers in the state of Iowa- to racing BMW’s at the BMW Test Track in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Brit’s past experiences have yielded a professional, adaptable and friendly lady. She now works for 21st Century Health Care consultants her 10+ years of customer service (and that bachelor’s degree too) taught Brit to treat our clients like friends rather than serve customers.  Brit loves her team at 21st Century- They’re wonderful people and the fact that she gets to see them every day makes getting out of bed in the morning, not such a grueling task. We all work very hard to ensure all of the 21st Century clients succeed in every way possible.  In her spare time, Brit enjoys playing games (board, cards, video, lawn and party games)  spending time with her friends and family, traveling and meeting new people.

Annalise Falck-Pedersen

Annalise Falck-Pedersen graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a dual degree in English Rhetoric and Spanish business, and spent a year post graduation traveling the word working in translation, communications, and writing. She has extensive background in customer service and hospitality, as her family owned a bed and breakfast in Door County. As part of the Licensing and Accreditation team, she helps clients smoothly get through the licensing process in all 50 states.

April Johnson

April is one of the members of the 21st Century Health Care Consultants “Quality Commitment Department” and is one of six Customer Account Managers. April came to 21st Century in August 2014 after relocating to Florida from Kansas, bringing with her over 20 years of exquisite customer service and a wealth of knowledge to our licensing department. April is very determined and dedicated to assisting every entrepreneur’s dream of being a successful business owner and looks forward to assisting you to reach your business ownership goals.

Kim Cavanaugh

Kim is originally from Philadelphia, PA. Kim moved to the Bradenton/Sarasota area about 7 years ago. Kim currently works in the Licensing and Accreditation department with an amazing team. Kim loves her role as an account manager. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two daughters.

Linda Michaelsen

Linda is a member of 21st Century Health Care Consultants “Quality Commitment Department” and brings with her over 20 years of experience in Customer Service. Linda is a high-energy level person who has facilitated many teams on process change focus on improving customer satisfaction and employee productivity. She believes in a win/win experience for the customer and the company. Linda is the Logistics Training Manager for the Boot Camp Training programs at 21st Century Health Consultants. Linda transferred from Rochester, NY to Bradenton, Florida 18 years ago with her husband.

Frances Alletto

In 2008 Frances joined the 21st Century Health Care Consultants team and currently is the head of the publishing department, oversees the processing and production of the Policies and Procedures for our Agencies. Our publishing department works diligently to assure that the policies and procedures are formatted and customized to meet the specifics related to your Agency. Close communication with our clinical department assures that your policies have the latest updated State and Accrediting Body regulations. The Agency’s demographics, personnel, logos etc. are all incorporated in the policies. In addition, our Publishing Department customizes your Patient Information Booklet, Admission Forms, and Advance Directives. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Sciences and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1981 from Stoney Brook University in New York. Her studies afforded her the opportunity to work for Catholic Charities as a Geriatric Case Manager for 17 years. She managed a caseload of seventy-two clients which entailed making home visits, doing initial assessments and putting various entitlements in place.

Christine Dapello

Christine is a member of 21st Century Health Care Consultants “Quality Commitment Department” Her expertise is in the area, IT work, Website design, Search Engine Optimization/Business Development. She started working at 21st Century Health Care Consultants in July 2008. She has over twenty years combined experience in Computers and Web Design.