CaraVita is excited to announce our new Vice President of Business Development, Bridgett Skelton. Bridgett’s extensive background in growing healthcare partnerships and resources, as well as her desire to serve seniors and her community make her a fabulous addition to the CaraVita Home Care family.
Beth Cayce, CaraVita CEO and Founder, says, “We are so glad to have Bridgett join our team! Bridgett brings a nurse perspective about how home care intersects with the entire healthcare system and the changes in Medicare. Bridgett embraces strategically looking at opportunities where we can best serve those who want to successfully recover at home and thrive.”
Bridgett’s first desire to work in healthcare started nearly 20 years ago as a result of the challenges she faced when her first son was an infant and was dealing with complex medical issues. It was so hard for her, as a young mother, to find the answers she needed to provide necessary care and treatment for her son. She knew there had to be a way to provide high-quality care to people in need and guide those looking for answers through their caregiving journey.
Bridgett’s started in 1999 at Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins, Georgia working in Labor and Delivery while seeking her degree in nursing from Middle Georgia State University. The knowledge she attained in nursing school helped her find the right diagnosis and treatment for her son, who was diagnosed with a rare mitochondrial disorder. After walking this path herself, Bridgett realized that she had a passion for educating the public about services available to them and making it easier for them to find the ones they needed.
This passion is what led Bridgett to become a Clinical Educator for the Women’s Center and Pediatrics at Houston Medical Center. In 2010, Bridgett’s desire to reach more individuals on a larger scale led her into a new role for the largest Social Services provider in the United States as a Director of Nursing. She served a medically-fragile community population under Medicaid waiver programs in Georgia, helped open the first medically fragile group home in the state of Georgia. At this group home, DBHDD clients were able to be served in a home-like setting and receive around the clock skilled nursing care outside of a skilled environment. This experience showed her the power of partnering quality care and appropriate resources together as individuals navigate the healthcare system.
Bridgett’s experience working with a medically-fragile population also ignited her passion for seniors, especially those battling Alzheimer’s and dementia. In 2014, she started working for Brookdale Senior Living overseeing care in multiple buildings as regional clinical support and eventually transitioned into the role of Business Development Director and Healthcare Liaison. In this role, Bridgett educated healthcare professionals, physicians, case managers, and families about the services available to seniors in her communities.
In 2017, Bridgett obtained her Master’s in Business Administration in Healthcare Management and accepted a role as the Regional Administrator of Hospice Operations for Encompass Hospice in the state of Georgia.
Bridgett accepted the opportunity to join the team at CaraVita Senior Care in September of 2019 as the Vice President of Business Development. In this role, she will be working to consistently grow partnerships amongst providers in the healthcare community and bring CaraVita’s loving care and resources to even more families in the Metro Atlanta area and beyond. Bridgett is excited to be a part of such a professional, quality-driven team.
Bridgett’s experience brings a wealth of information to CaraVita, having spent many years in the healthcare system. She is a perfect complement to the professional health care team at CaraVita that consistently seeks to guide family members in caring for their loved ones. She knows first-hand how daunting it is for families to manage chronic and acute episodes of illness and can guide them in best practices because of this personal perspective.
Bridgett is married to Martin Skelton, and together they have four children; Zach, 19, Logan, 13, Faye, 9 and Noah, 2. In her spare time (is that really a thing?) she enjoys art museums, concerts, theatre, traveling, and spending quality time with each of her children. She has also continued her education in Interior Design with an Emphasis in Healthcare Interior Spaces designed for healing.