VNA appoints Charlotter as V.P. of clinical services

June-1-B-Budis-Named-VNA-VP-CThe Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties is excited to announce the appointment of James Budis, RN, MSN, MPH as vice president of clinical services of Vermont’s oldest and largest home health and hospice agency. Budis will succeed Patricia Donehower, MSN, RN, who steps down at the end of June.

Budis spent five years as clinical director for the Home Care division at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York in New York City before moving to Vermont with his family two years ago. He is currently the clinical director of Addison County Home Health & Hospice, a member agency of the VNAs of Vermont and a sister agency of the VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties.

Budis will oversee all of the VNA’s clinical services, which offer programs across the lifespan in homes and community settings – from prenatal care and services for vulnerable families to home health services for adults and end-of-life care. Budis will be charged with leading the VNA’s vision of providing the best possible care for patients, clients, families and communities.

“I’m honored to join a progressive agency that has so many different programs and such a longstanding commitment to meeting the needs of the community,” said Budis, who started out his career as a home care nurse and worked as a nurse practitioner in nursing homes and hospice before returning to the home health field as a clinical director.

He described home health care as “a place where healthcare workers can really shine” because they are able to go into homes and see the full context of a person’s life. “You can have one-on-one interactions with patients and families that I don’t think you can get anywhere else in the health care system, and those interactions are incredible opportunities to impact people’s lives in a very positive way.”

Budis received his BS and MS in nursing from Binghamton University and Hunter College of the City University of New York/ Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, respectively. He earned his Executive Master of Public Health from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. Budis lives in Charlotte with his wife and two daughters, ages three and six. The family enjoys hiking at Mount Philo and exploring local swimming holes.

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