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Sofia Koshevatsky, CEO and Founder of HealthFlex Home Health & Hospice, based in Oakland, California, has been named a Future Executive 2021 by Home Health Care News.
To become a Future Leader, a person is nominated by their colleagues. The candidate must be a high performing employee, 40 years old or younger, a passionate worker who knows how to turn visions into action, and an advocate for seniors and dedicated professionals caring for their wellbeing.
Koshevatsky sat down with HHCN to discuss the importance of integrity, why it is important for patients to be in the driver’s seat when caring for them, and how she has followed in her mother’s footsteps.
HHCN: What brought you to this industry?
Koshevatsky: It was my family and my upbringing. My mother has been a nurse for over 35 years and works in home nursing. It was something that was brought home. It was something that was talked about. As I got older, I went to nursing school and followed in their footsteps.
As a family, we have recognized that together we can do more for our community. That’s how we launched HealthFlex Home Health & Hospice.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting out in this industry?
The biggest and one of the most important lessons is being true to my values and upholding ethical practices. It is important to maintain the integrity of my daily work.
If there was one thing you could change about the future of home care, what would it be?
It it all boils down to church building. It’s really about educating the community and the patient and getting them involved in the decision-making process for their own health care. I want everyone to know how valuable and important it is for home care to begin.
What do you think is different in the home care industry for 2022?
It’s getting more innovative. There will be more growth in this area. I also really think that the health of the population will become more centralized – in the home environment. Health care will be more focused in the home than anywhere else.
In a word, how would you describe the future of home care?
Full. I think there will be more home services, more acute care, more remote monitoring.
What quality must all future managers have?
Empathy, humility and compassion. I would say these are the most important a leader should have.
If you could give yourself some advice as you look back on your first day in the industry, what would it be and why?
It would be a deeper understanding of the needs of our patients, customers and our healthcare partners. I would say that we are more committed to the goals of the hospitals and our partners.