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Health System Acquires 26 Private Duty Franchises

On February 11th, 2016

In what’s being described as an industry first, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health systems has turned to franchising in a big way to expand its home care services.

St. Joseph Health is acquiring 26 Southern California locations from Nurse Next Door, with an option to buy another 12, the companies announced Monday.

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Three Unexpected Brands That Are Turning To Storytelling To Drive Recruiting

On September 19th, 2016

Once solely the domain of marketing, storytelling is increasingly being adopted by corporate recruiting teams to help them hire more efficiently. Rather than telling candidates what it’s like to work there, companies areshowing them by finding new ways to share the employee experience.

These narratives are revealing a more human side of the business. They often go beyond “this is what I do here,” instead illuminating “this is why I do what I do – here.”

That subtle shift provides a different lens through which job seekers can envision themselves (or not) working for your company. Some of these stories go beyond work, sharing insights into personal drivers and life experiences that shape employees.

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Nurse Next Door Named Finalist of the 2016 Pacific EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Program

On August 25th, 2016

VANCOUVER, BC–(Marketwired – August 25, 2016) – Nurse Next Door has been named a finalist in the Healthcare Services category of the 23rd EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Pacific awards program. The award celebrates Canada’s most impressive and disruptive entrepreneurs. Nominees are considered and evaluated based on financial performance, leadership, innovation, personal integrity and entrepreneurial spirit.

This nomination also highlights the impact that Thorpe has had on Nurse Next Door since taking over as President in 2014 and CEO in 2016. Since joining, Thorpe has doubled the business in two years, growing operational locations by 30 percent across North America and continues to disrupt trends in the home care industry.

“We are thrilled to be a finalist of an award program of such caliber,” says Thorpe. “Our success is a testament to the talented people we bring on board and our leadership belief in being bold and disruptive.”

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Nurse Next Door can’t be bought

On August 16th, 2016

Success breeds all sorts of things, like jealousy, complacency or even more success, but it also attracts M&A activity, especially in today’s franchise climate. For Vancouver, British Columbia-based Nurse Next Door, an at-home senior care provider that quickly spread throughout its home market during 15 years in business, impressive unit growth attracted the interest of California-based St. Joseph Health—a $6 billion healthcare giant.

Although St. Joseph was initially interested in purchasing Nurse Next Door, the company rebuffed its suitors by stating the company wasn’t for sale. After convincing them of the mutual benefits of the franchise model through 12 months of negotiations, the dancing partners announced an agreement where the hospital system became the largest franchisee in the Nurse Next Door system. Per the agreement, St. Joseph Health opened 26 franchise locations with the option to add 12 more units in the future.

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When It’s Time to Let Go

On July 27th, 2016

Letting to may be the toughest challenge for any entrepreneur. Ken Sim and John DeHart did it in the prime of their careers. The founders of Vancouver-based Nurse Next Door, which provides home care to seniors, stepped down as co-CEOs, even as their company was on the cusp of rapid expansion into the United States. They learned to trust new CEO Cathy Thorpe, former director of Canadian operations for the Gap, as she took their franchise network in new and unexpected directions – and learned to keep their opinions to themselves. Sim, DeHart and Thorpe discuss candidly how they navigated the swamp of succession.

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Cathy Thorpe Named Nurse Next Door Chief Executive Officer

On April 26th, 2016

After two years since becoming Nurse Next Door President in 2014, the company has named Cathy Thorpe as Chief Executive Officer. Taking over the strategic vision from John DeHart and Ken Sim, Cathy has guided Nurse Next Door through dramatic expansion from 85 franchise locations to 130, while growing the business 30 per cent year-over-year.

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Home Care Assistance Franchise | Home Health Care Business

Accolades aren’t why we do it, but they are nice. Here are a few we’re particularly proud of.


Franchise Business Review Award

On January 22nd, 2014

Ranked in the top 50 franchise systems in North America and 5th best in the mid-sized category


Entrepreneur 2013 Franchise 500

On December 17th, 2012

Ranked 339th of top American franchise opportunities.



Best Small and Medium Employers

On December 17th, 2012

Named 19th best small and medium sized employer in Canada.


BC Business Best Companies to Work for 2012 Finalist

On December 17th, 2012

Named 7th best company to work for in British Columbia.


Achiever’s 50 Most Engaged Workplaces

On August 30th, 2012

Named top 50 most engaged workplaces in Canada

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