August 08. 2014 8:45PM

Home Health and Hospice Care of Merrimack names new CEO

Union Leader Correspondent

MERRIMACK — John Getts has been selected as the new president and CEO of Home Health and Hospice Care of Merrimack.

Getts is currently the chairman of the board of directors for the New Hampshire Health Care Association.

“I’m looking forward to leading the dedicated caregivers at Home Health and Hospice Care as they strive to provide essential home care services for individuals in southern New Hampshire,” Getts said in a statement.

He has 30 years of experience in the health-care industry, and for the past 15 years worked as CEO at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation-Greenbriar in Nashua.

Getts replaces Dr. Karen L. Baranowski, who served as the president and CEO at Home Health and Hospice Care for about 11 years. His first day will be Aug. 25.

“John was selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants from around the country, and has all the experience and character that is so critical to the work that our employees do and the patients we serve,” said Claire Castanino Moses, chairwoman for the Home Health and Hospice Care board.

Getts is an active member of the local community, and serves as a board member of St. Joseph’s Community Services Meals on Wheels, and as an officer of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators.

“At a time when the health-care industry is in significant transition, we are confident that John’s proven leadership will skillfully help to steer our organization’s future,” Moses said in a release.

Getts has a degree in health administration and planning from the University of New Hampshire, and pursued graduate studies at Plymouth State College.He previously worked as the regional vice-president of operations for New Care Health Corp., and regional director and administrator for the Willowood Group.

Home Health and Hospice Care is a nonprofit Visiting Nurse Association and hospice organization serving southern New Hampshire communities, including Nashua and Manchester, for more than 130 years, according to a release.