I met Dr John Duggan 10 years ago . He was one of the first people I ever told I was considering starting a Home Care agency. For someone who had only just met me, he showed a lot of faith in me by saying if I ever did start a company, he would be on my Board of Directors. Once I started Acclaim Home Health Care Inc in 2005 and called him up on his offer, he was right there with me, supporting, advising, encouraging, asking the hard questions and in his personal manner always said ” Keep up the good work, Chizoma” His bowtie was never amiss as we sat together a small group of 5 trying to make sure all the numbers came out and also that we had all the right policies on the Professional Advisory group as well to provide the best quality care to our patients.
What a journey we have all had in 10 years. I am blessed that I have had the likes of Dr Duggan to mentor the birth, growth and bloom of Acclaim Home Health Care like thousands of his pediatric patients he watched grow up into fine men and women.
I will miss his quiet charm, firm fatherly voice but easy laugh. I will miss always making sure he had his chocolate chip cookies, I will miss calling him up for professional advice.
In his words,
“Doctor John Duggan is a Graduate of Boston College and Harvard Medical School and is a Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In addition to being on the Board of Directors for Acclaim Home Health Care, he is also a member of the board for the Fairlawn Foundation. Dr. Duggan proclaims, “Acclaim Home Health Care epitomizes a commitment to the health and well being of the members of the Worcester community by the provision of vital health services, and I am proud to partake in the supervision of these contributions to the health and well-being of our residents.”
I am privileged to have met you. Thank you a million times over.