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Venice, FL - Matrix Home Care today announced the appointment of Barbara Szymanski, as director of nursing for the Venice region and surrounding counties. Szymanski is a well-respected nursing professional with more than 25 years of experience. Her responsibilities include supervising 95 employees, customizing home care plans and managing cost-effective care for patients in a home and assisted living setting.

The office is located at 1505 Tamiami Trail South, Suite 402B, Venice. The phone number is: 941-493-0767. Email: barbara.ski@matrixhomecare.com

"Barbara's proven track record and compassionate manner contributes greatly to her leadership role in our Venice operation which has been part of our company's network since 1999," said Pernille Ostberg, MBA, RPh, Matrix president and CEO. "Our Venice office is a hub for Southwest Florida and supports our employees and clients in Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Glades, Collier, Hendry and DeSoto counties," Ostberg added.

One of seven children, Szymanski was born in Manhattan and raised in Lodi, New Jersey. She attended Columbia University nursing school graduating No. 1 in her class and was voted "Nurse of the Year." Barbara was drawn to the nursing field, due, in large part, to a chronic kidney condition that put her in hospitals frequently as a child. "I admired nurses so much that they became the people I bonded with," Szymanski remembers.

Szymanski moved to Venice, Florida, with her parents in 1989. It was in southwest Florida she became a special source of hope for foster children with therapeutic specials needs. Opening her heart and home, Barbra and her husband, Robert, were foster parents for 20 children over the course of seven years.

Along with the children she cared for, Barbara rescued many abused animals including goats, pigs, dogs, and miniature horses (Samson, Pride and Spanky). The horses pulled a small buggy for the children in her care on their 3-acre property. "We could see an immediate, significant change for the better when the children interacted with the animals."

Today, along with her leadership duties for Matrix, Barbara devotes her free time as a newly installed staff officer of the Coast Guard Auxiliary unit Flotilla 92 located in Northport, Florida. Barbara's love for the military and desire to continue the legacy was inspired by her mother, Dorothy Kurtz, one of the last remaining original Coast Guard SPARS in Southwest Florida. Kurtz, who joined the SPARS in 1942, was under the command of Captain Dorothy Stratton.

The first-ever Coast Guard cutter named after a female officer, the USS Dorothy Stratton, was christened in Pascagoula, Mississippi in 2011, with The First Lady, Michelle Obama, and hundreds of dignitaries were in attendance. Szymanski along with her family attended the event with her mother, Dorothy Kurtz, who was an honored guest.

SOURCE: Matrix Home Care CONTACT: For Matrix Home Care Allison Moore, 941-961-3708 moore.pr@gmail.com Copyright Business Wire 2011 -0- KEYWORD: United States

About Matrix

Based in West Palm Beach, Matrix provides a complete array of services, home health care, disability management so injured employees can quickly return to work, independent senior care based on the needs of the elderly and specialty nurses' services, including wound care, infusion therapy and rehabilitation nursing. Certified as a woman minority owned business, Matrix serves Southwest and Southeast Florida from locations in Tampa, Jupiter, Bradenton, Venice, Boca Raton, Pompano Beach and Coral Gables.

For more information, www.matrixhomecare.com.

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