September 1, 2014

2014 40 Under Forty: Michael Guarnieri

Senior Executive Director, CAREtenders/Almost Family, Westborough

Birthplace: New Haven, Conn.

Residence: Upton

High school: East Haven (Conn.) High School

Colleges and degrees earned: B.S., M.S. and doctorate in physical therapy, Boston University

Career highlights: The first non-nurse and youngest executive director in the history of CAREtenders/Almost Family, I expanded Massachusetts operations to become the largest of 35 regions while becoming the largest non-ACO/hospital-owned Medicare provider of home health services in Massachusetts. This created approximately 400 new jobs in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. CAREtenders is now recognized throughout the state's health care community as the state's foremost leader of home health rehabilitation services.

Community involvement: I volunteer as a youth soccer coach, and am an active member of the Massachusetts Home Care Alliance's legislative committee, from which I actively lobby state and federal lawmakers on behalf of the homebound elders that we serve.

Ultimate career goal: To be a leader in the national transition from hospital to community/home-based health care.

Non-relative you admire most: Steve Jobs

Favorite book: "The Da Vinci Code," by Dan Brown

"If I were to win $1 million in the lottery, I would … Is that before or after taxes?"


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