UR Medicine Home Care names new CEO

Michelle Dahlkemper will be the new president and CEO of UR Medicine Home Care (URMHC). Dahlkemper is currently serving as the president and chief executive officer for Penn Medicine Home Health Lancaster General Health (PMHH Lancaster General Health). She will begin leading the $60 million home care agency Dec. 13.

She succeeds Jane Shukitis, who is retiring Dec. 31.

“Home care plays a rapidly expanding role in our health system and nationally, providing valuable services that help patients to improve or maintain their health as comfortably and conveniently as possible,” said Steven I. Goldstein, senior vice president of the University of Rochester Medical Center, who oversees URMHC, and also serves as president and CEO of Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals in Rochester. “We are proud that UR Medicine Home Care has established itself as our region’s leading provider of these services, with a national reputation for innovation and excellence. As our new CEO, Michelle Dahlkemper will bring the professional experience and leadership vision to continue the organization’s growth and success.”

An executive leader in home care and hospice for more than 11 years, Dahlkemper has more than 20 years of leadership experience in post-acute healthcare, including palliative care and chronic illness management.

Michelle Dahlkemper
Michelle Dahlkemper

Dahlkemper graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in nursing, later receiving her MBA from the Eller College of Management, at the University of Arizona. She is completing her certification in healthcare innovation from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a fellowship in healthcare leadership from the California Healthcare Foundation in conjunction with the University of California San Francisco Healthforce Center.

Prior to joining Penn Medicine, Dahlkemper was chief operating officer (COO) at VNA Health, Santa Barbara, California. She was the COO of the Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Scotts Valley, California. Dahlkemper also served as the regional administrator for hospice and advanced illness management at Sutter Health in San Francisco. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

As CEO of PMHH Lancaster General Health, Dahlkemper helped the organization to improve its financial performance while championing patient experience improvement. She also collaborated in the development and launch of innovative care delivery programs with clinical service lines and population health including telemonitoring virtual care management, breathe better together and hospital at home. Dahlkemper also led the implementation of EPIC electronic medical record as well as spearheading the agency’s lean management processes.

“I have worked in home care and hospice for many years,” she said, “and UR Medicine Home Care has an outstanding reputation. I am excited to meet with staff and learn how they contribute to the agency’s mission.”