AngelCare Home Care earns Top Women Owned Business award
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Joyce Lovse opened AngelCare Home Care in 2000, a company that provides its clients with home care options that enhance their quality of life, independence, dignity, safety and in-home comfort.
AngelCare earned the Top Women Owned Business Award in the $1.5 million to $3.99 million category.
AngelCare’s revenues increased steadily through 2008. The recession took its toll in 2009, but the growth pattern returned in 2010 and continues today. During that time Lovse joined a number of industry and community groups, tested her political prowess by helping to draft a state licensure bill for home health care workers, and worked with underprivileged and abused women to help them find employment. Life was headed in the right direction.
“On Jan. 30, 2012, our 23-year-old receptionist was rushed to the ER with a sudden and rare pneumonia. Lauren spent the next five weeks in ICU at two major hospitals, fighting for her life,” Lovse said. “She passed away March 6. As Lauren was our daughter as well as an integral part of our AngelCare administrative team, the loss hit our company hard.”
Lovse spent those five weeks in the ICU while her husband periodically checked on the business.
“Our administrative staff, made up entirely of women, not only ‘held down the fort’ but continued to grow the company. … We were not only blessed in a time of tragedy, we were also reminded that delegating and empowering women at work is the right thing to do.”
Judges commented on the business, noting national statistics show a 40 percent decline in home health care businesses through the recession.