Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Welcomes Michelle Dahlkemper and Lailain McGrath

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) is pleased to announce the addition of Michelle Dahlkemper as Chief Operating Officer. Dahlkemper brings sixteen years of experience as a registered nurse with extensive experience in post-acute healthcare including palliative care, chronic illness management, home health and hospice.

Dahlkemper graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, later receiving her MBA from the Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona. Prior to joining VNHC Dahlkemper was Chief Operating Officer at the Hospice of Santa Cruz County. She served as a key member of the senior management team with responsibility for clinical, financial, and operational leadership of the organization; ensuring alignment with the strategic plan as well as professional and regulatory requirements. She has worked in palliative care during the course of her career and most recently launched a new home based outpatient palliative care program in Santa Cruz County.  She currently sits on both the regulatory and education committees for the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA) and is a fellow with the California Healthcare Foundation/ UCSF Healthcare Leadership Program.

Leilan McGrathVisiting Nurse & Hospice Care is also pleased to announce the addition of Lailan McGrath as Special Events Manager.  McGrath brings over a decade of experience ranging from advertising to design to events.

McGrath, originally from Honolulu Hawaii, received her BA in psychology along with her teaching certification from Whitman College. Over her diverse career she is still and has been a lead participant as the Event Chairman for over 50 non-profit events, owner of her own event planning and interior design business, and a partner in a boutique advertising agency.

As Special Events Manager, McGrath is responsible for overall management of all events in support of the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Foundation, and serves as a key liaison to all Agency-wide events. McGrath’s passion and extensive experience is a great addition to VNHC.

About Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) is the leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive home health care, personal care, palliative care, hospice care, and related services necessary to promote the health and well-being of all community residents. Established in 1908, VNHC is one Santa Barbara’s oldest nonprofit organizations serving the greater Santa Barbara area, and Santa Ynez and Lompoc Valleys. VNHC’s mission is to provide compassionate and trusted care for all. For more information, visit or call (805) 965-5555.

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