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March Spotlight: Chris Franklin

Through our Monthly Spotlight Series, we are taking the time to highlight the staff at KidsCare Home Health. We hope you gain inspiration and valuable advice from these successful individuals and their stories.

This month we were excited to interview Chris Franklin, VP of Growth Strategy at KidsCare Home Health.

Where did you grow-up and what is special about your hometown?
I moved 8 times before settling in St. Louis from 1998 to 2014. The longest I had lived in one location prior to St. Louis was London, England, which was a 5 year stint. What’s most special about St. Louis to me is the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and St. Louis Blues hockey team. I’m still an avid St. Louis sports fan and haven’t converted to a Dallas based fan yet. The only exception to this is the Cowboys, after the Rams departed for LA.

Where did you go to school for college?
I went to St. Louis University where I obtained my BS and MHA.

What brought you to KidsCare Home Health?
What brought me to KidsCare Home Health was the opportunity to expand and grow the mission of the organization to communities outside of the current service area. Since 2003, KidsCare Home Health has made a positive impact in the lives of the children served. We want to ensure we can continue to expand the mission and the quality of care to children around the country that don’t have access to quality in home nursing and therapy services.

What do the day-to-day responsibilities of your role as VP of Growth Strategy look like?
My day to day responsibilities are working with brokers and sellers of pediatric and traditional home health agencies to see if their care delivery model and operations can fit within ours. Much of my time is spent researching markets, competitors, and opportunities to expand the mission into other service areas. We will see many exciting opportunities come to fruition in fiscal year 2021 and beyond.

What do you look forward to most in your role as the new VP of Growth Strategy for KidsCare?
I look forward to developing productive working relationships with all stakeholders of the organization. Through collaboration with members on the team, we will be able to quickly expand our market presence and bring much needed pediatric home health services to communities across the country. KidsCare Home Health has already solidified its presence in current markets as being the leader from a customer service and quality perspective, and I’m excited to see the expansion and development into new markets.

When you’re not at work, how do you like to spend your time?
When not at work, I enjoy spending time playing golf and working out.

What is the best advice you’ve received for your career?
Stay humble but hungry, “no” doesn’t always mean “no”, work harder than those around you, and be a team player.

What gets you most excited about KidsCare’s future?
What gets me most excited about KidsCare’s future is exponential trajectory ability of the company. In my short time being here (2 months), it’s evident that children don’t have access to quality home health service in many markets due to the nature of the niche of the business. Additionally, many of the markets that do have a pediatric home health option do not service Medicaid patients. I’m excited to see how far we can expand our service offering and mission throughout the country.

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