Meet Daniel Ardoin--Our Clinical, Financial, Technological and Gumbo Expert

home health and hospice consultant daniel ardoin

Daniel brings nearly 20 years of home health and hospice leadership expertise to his role at Maxwell. As a Maxwell consultant, Daniel primarily works with home health and hospice providers through technology integrations. His extensive knowledge in home health and hospice software, finance, policy and survey readiness enables him to best guide and add immediate value to his home health and hospice clients.

Prior to joining the Maxwell team, Daniel served as the regional director of clinical services at a large home health and hospice provider in its hospital partnership division. In that role, Daniel assisted and supported 20 home health providers with clinical needs like quality, outcomes, OASIS, surveys and certifications. Prior to that position, Daniel was the chief operating officer of a Louisiana-based regional home health and hospice.

Daniel has been a registered nurse since 1998 and holds various relevant certifications including certified emergency nurse (CEN), OASIS (COS-C) and compliance (CMCO).

We did a quick Q&A with Daniel so you can get to know him a little bit better.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not helping home health and hospice organizations grow and improve care quality?

A: Anything outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. I also enjoy woodworking and building rustic furniture.

In true Louisiana fashion, I love to cook. On almost any given weekend (as long as LSU isn’t playing of course), I’m entered into a cookoff of some type--gumbo, wild game, chili, blackpot, you name it. If you want to know more about my culinary skills or how many of these cook-offs I’ve won, give Maxwell a call and let us do an agency evaluation. I may even find time to cook a little while I am on-site…

Q: Why are you passionate about the work you do or home health and hospice care?

A: I don’t have one of those heartwarming stories about why I got involved in healthcare. Funny enough, I was always intrigued by helicopters and wanted to be a flight nurse. So, two decades ago I went to school to become a nurse. Since then, the nursing part has stuck but the helicopter part didn’t. I’ve never been a flight nurse. Ha.

Fast forward to 2008 when I told my wife I wanted a “regular” job. A Monday-Friday 8am to 4:30pm. I found a position in home health. Full disclosure, I specifically remember telling my wife I was going to hate it, “but let’s give it try.”

I had never been more wrong. After the normal 3-6-month period of getting over the paperwork (OASIS), I fell in love. The industry is so intriguing and ever changing. It’s like no other entity in healthcare. As soon as you think you know something, everything changes. To me, that keeps it interesting and keeps you on your toes. You can’t get complacent in home health and hospice. You have to keep learning and innovating. I love that about our industry.

Q: Anything else you'd like to add?

A: I'm really proud of my family. Here we are at my son's wedding in Dallas. Included are my wife Desiree, sons Dallas and Reed, daughters Leigh and Maci and my daughter in law Lacey.

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