Hello-I am Cheryl Smith, President and CEO of Kansas City Home Care located in Overland Park, Kansas. Here is a little about me and Kansas City Home Care:
Cheryl A. Smith, President of Kansas City Home Care, Inc. is a Gerontologist who is a long-standing member of the National Association of Professional Care Managers (GCM). She is a founding member and past board director of the National Private Duty Association (NPDA). Ms. Smith is a Fellow with the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program and is a member of the Accomplished Women’s Roundtable sponsored by the Kansas Women’s Business Center. She was recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as one of the twenty-five area Women Who Mean Business in 2006. Ms Smith currently serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Employment Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing women with the skills and confidence to help them achieve economic independence for themselves, and their families and the Alliance on Aging, the only organization in greater Kansas City solely dedicated to convening community partners to address the needs of older adults and their caregivers. She is a recipient of the 2008 Enterprising Women award and was recognized by KC Business Magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Women for 2008. Kansas City Home Care made the INC. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list in 2008 and 2009. The list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy, America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. The company has been ranked as one of the 2009 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Kansas City by Ingram’s Magazine.
In 1989, Ms. Smith founded Kansas City Home Care, Inc. to provide private in-home care services and care management for the elderly and disabled. As a care manager since 1985, she was not impressed with the quality of home care being provided to her clients. She received complaints from families about consistency in staffing and the quality of care their loved ones were receiving. At that time private duty home care was only available through a registry, a Medicare agency or by hiring a private individual. Thus, she opened Kansas City Home Care with a focus on quality, reliability and service. Kansas City Home Care prides itself on its “Clients Come First” philosophy.