As you probably know, this is a historic time for Fazzi. First, as you’ve heard, we have been acquired by Mediware, a leading supplier of software solutions that help health care and human services providers. This is a company with strong visionary leadership and the drive and resources we need to expand our reach, impact and value for all segments of home-based health care. You will be hearing a lot more about them in the days to come, but for now, let me simply say they are exceptional. We could not have found a better partner.
Second, we now have an official change in leadership at Fazzi. Tim Ashe has assumed the role of President. This should not be a surprise to anyone. Tim has served as Fazzi’s COO for the past two years. He not only knows and has lived the history and culture of Fazzi — he helped create it. He is a passionate leader with impeccable credentials, experience, knowledge. Fazzi is in great hands.
Then there is me. It is transition time. I would be less than honest if I didn’t say that this transition is bittersweet. It is the right time and the right thing to do, but I will miss serving as leader of Fazzi. I will miss the excitement of coming to work and being part of creating innovative programs and services. I will miss knowing and watching the impact we have on thousands of agencies and millions of patients and their families nationwide. And of course, I will miss the daily interaction I have with Fazzi staff, colleagues and friends who really care about what they do and how they do it.
And finally, I must say I will miss the interaction I have had with you and thousands of other people either in person or through our programs, newsletters, training and services. As hokey as this sounds, I honestly believe we are part of a community who truly makes a difference in our country and this world. I have been awed by watching your passion and work; I have been honored that many of you have used Fazzi for services or for information and I have been inspired to know that together, we have proven that home based health care can be the center of America’s health care system.
I will continue to be involved with Fazzi and our industry in a strategic role, but for now I want to express my sincere thanks to each of you. You really have made this part of my life’s journey one of the most exciting and meaningful. I may not know every one of you personally, but there is one thing I can tell you: If you are involved in our field — regardless of your position — you are special. You really are contributing to making this world a better place. My sincere thanks.