Phyllis Hermann, who retired as CEO of Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in July 2017, will be awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash, one of Indiana’s highest honors, during a presentation Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. at the Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center, 5920 Homestead Road, on the Visiting Nurse campus in Fort Wayne. State Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) will present the award.
Hermann began her career with Visiting Nurse in 1989 as a hospice nurse and worked her way up through a variety of positions before becoming CEO in November 2009. During her tenure as CEO, Visiting Nurse expanded its reach to serve 40 percent more patients and developed the region’s first free-standing center dedicated to helping grieving adults, the Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center.
Hermann and her husband, John, have two sons and six grandchildren. Since her retirement she has been volunteering with her church and spending time with family and friends.