Fluet announces retirement from Care Central VNA; Chaffee taking reins – The Gardner News

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GARDNER — Elaine Fluet recently announced her plans to retire from her leadership role at Care Central VNA & Hospice this spring, ending one chapter and leading to the start of another for the local home health care service.

Fluet has served as president and chief executive officer of GVNA HealthCare Inc. since March of 2004, until the agency merged with VNA of Southern Worcester County on April 1, 2020, when the name officially became Care Central VNA & Hospice.

Having contributed 37 years of dedication and experience to Care Central, Fluet will be succeeded by Holly Chaffee.

Fluet began her rise at the agency in 1985 when she became the director of adult day care in Gardner, and later opened centers in Fitchburg, Athol and Greenfield. In 1992, she became the director of community services, accepting additional responsibility for children’s day care and state contract programs that became vital to the agency’s sustainability. She then became the associate director in 1993, adding hospice, assisted living, and adult and maternal child health programs. In 1999, she became chief operating officer, and ultimately president and CEO in 2004.

Elaine Fluet

According to Ken Tomasetti, board chairman, Fluet’s expertise and experience were invaluable when growing and cultivating the agency to achieve the success it has today.

“Elaine has a strong commitment to the well-being of our community, and it shows in every aspect of Care Central VNA & Hospice,” said Tomasetti. “She has built a strong leadership team that will carry on her values, and ensure operational continuity and continue to provide the exceptional care that our patients have come to know and expect. Elaine’s energy, enthusiasm and integrity infused Care Central with the highest professional standards and the greatest personal and professional grace. She was a phenomenal leader and she will be missed by everyone who has had the privilege of working side by side with her over the years.”

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Fluet acknowledged how difficult of a decision it was for her to step down from a role she has loved for so many years.

“I have developed so many wonderful friendships and partnerships throughout the years, and I will miss working with my colleagues tremendously,” said Fluet. “Together, we have accomplished so much for the community, and I am very proud to have played a part in so many projects. While I am going to miss coming to work every day, I am leaving the agency in the very capable hands of my leadership team and my successor, Holly Chaffee.”

Chaffee, MSN, BSN, RN, is coming to Care Central VNA & Hospice from her current role as vice president and chief operating officer of the VNA of Albany in New York. Prior to her role in Albany, she served as a consultant for clinical special projects at Benchmark Senior Living in Waltham. Chaffee received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Skidmore College in New York and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

Holly Chaffee

She has been recognized for her accomplishments throughout her career. Some of these include The Power 50: WBJ Award, Movers & Shakers Recognition, Business West and Healthcare Hero Award and Visiting Nurse Association of New England Leadership Award, to name a few.

“Holly brings the same values and love of community to the agency that I have had my whole career in home care services,” said Fluet. “I am confident that she will continue the legacy and bring the agency forward to the future with great success. She has a vast knowledge of internal operations and clinical programs that promote excellence in clinical practice. Holly was also the CEO of the successful Porchlight VNA/Homecare in Lee, Mass., for nine years.”