Tendercare is a locally-owned family business, and the family is still involved in it every day! For over two decades we’ve been providing the best in-home health care available to the people of the Indianapolis area, and we’re so proud of the lives we’ve touched along the way. Of course, the quality of our homecare services has to be a part of the culture at every level, so take a look at our founders and others in leadership to learn a bit more about our home healthcare agency.
Leslie Deitchman, RN, BSN
President & Administrator
Leslie Deitchman, RN, BSN
Leslie holds a BSN from Purdue University. She started nursing as a new graduate nurse at St. Vincent Intensive Care Unit and worked there for 13 years. She then transitioned to a staffing agency to allow her more flexibility in her schedule. She worked in critical care areas, including adult and pediatric intensive care, open heart, coronary care, and emergency room nursing. Leslie had also worked part-time doing skilled home care nursing visits before starting Tendercare.
In 1994, Leslie and her husband, Jim started Tendercare after recognizing a need in the healthcare industry for quality home health care. As the President and Administrator, Leslie is very involved in every aspect of the operation of the business.
Leslie presently serves on the Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care Board of Directors for her second term. She is also on The Board of Directors of CHAMP CAMP, a non-for-profit that provides a weeklong camp experience for pediatric patients with respiratory conditions. She has previously served on Bishop Chatard Board of Regents, St. Matthew Board of Education, and has chaired multiple charity events.
Favorite Inspirational Quote: “Do not allow yourself to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done your best.” (Mother Teresa)
Vice President/ Chief Financial Officer
Jim is vice president and chief financial officer for Tendercare Home Health Services. He has successfully worked with his wife Leslie and a team of dedicated professionals since 1994 to build Tendercare Home Health Services into the largest privately-owned home health business in Indiana. He has helped advance many key business innovations like electronic nursing notes and advanced business analysis tools. He provides management leadership to the Finance department and oversight and direction over human resources, benefits administration, information services, and business strategy and development.
Jim holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and a master of science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan LEAP program. He began his career working at Allison Turbine Engine company, now a division of Rolls Royce. His responsibilities included Industrial Engineering, manufacturing process engineering, Quality Team Leader, advanced manufacturing and test process development and Vendor Quality Manager. He holds the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) professional pilot rating. As a captain with Chautauqua Airlines (Republic Airways), he operated in Part 121 flight operations for all major US airline carriers.
Jim is also President of JLD Enterprises LLC, a real estate holding company, and serves on the board directors for the Community Arts Northeast dba Binford Commons condominium association. In this role, he has been instrumental in many capital improvement projects. He also volunteers regularly with the Harvest for the Hungry garden project, Annual Gala committee, building and grounds projects and Men’s Club events at St Matthew Catholic Church.
Favorite Inspirational Quotes: “You don’t know, what you don’t know” (“Keep learning!”) and “It’s easy when you know how.”
Denise Rusler, RN
Director of Nursing
Denise Rusler, RN
Education: Attended IU School of Nursing at IUPUI. During nursing school, I was lucky enough to land a job at Wishard as a nurse’s aide in the Newborn ICU. This is where I fell in love with working with babies and their families. Wishard is where I learned so much of what being a nurse really meant and this is where I received most of my “education” in nursing.
Experience: I worked as an RN at Wishard Hospital in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit for 15 years. I loved the acute care setting and the ICU setting. I also worked part-time for Tendercare as a field nurse caring for ventilator-dependent patients, both pediatrics and adult. I took care of Tendercare’s very first patient in 1994! In 2005, I decided to leave Wishard and work full-time in the office at Tendercare as it provided me with a lot more flexibility with my family.
Why do you choose to work at Tendercare?: I initially started with Tendercare to earn a little extra money as I was a newlywed and just starting out in my career. I loved the families that I worked with and loved the fact that I was able to provide one on one care. I was able to work with my patients for months to years and they “truly” became family to me! I accepted a Tendercare management position in 2005, again so that I would have more flexibility with my children’s schedule. After all these years, I continue to enjoy the flexibility but have found that I have a true passion for home health care, the patients and the staff. I love what I do.
What do you like to do when you aren’t at work?: I go to the Lake! That is truly my happy place. I enjoy boating and enjoy spending time with my family. If I am not at the lake, I can usually be found at various sporting events that my 2 children are participating in. I am their biggest fan and have always enjoyed watching them play sports.
Favorite Inspirational Quote?: In 2005, one of my home care patients with ALS wrote this quote in his biography: ” You have to believe. It’s that simple. Regardless of where you are or what life’s circumstance has brought you, you have to trust that you are not alone and that Jesus is your savior. No matter what island you are stranded on, God will show you He is with you.” John, along with his words, touched my heart and I have always kept this quote on my desk.
Debbie Boyd, RN, BSN
Assistant Director of Nursing
Debbie Boyd, RN, BSN
Education: BSN & MSN Indiana University
Experience: Indiana University Hospitals
Why do you choose to work at Tendercare?: Tendercare’s owners and management support my goal to provide our patients with the highest level of quality and compassionate care possible.
Favorite Inspirational Quote?: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou
Lisa Wethington, RN
Lisa Wethington, RN
Education: A.S.N. Ivy Tech Community College. Butler School of Nursing. IV infusion certification. MDS Certification. NAPNES Certification in Long Term Care and Pharmacology
Experience: Living in Ohio I began working as a Nursing Assistant all through high school at a 100-bed nursing/rehab home. Completing nursing school, I began working as a floor nurse, advancing from shift supervisor to Unit Manager and MDS/Quality Assurance Leader at the same company. Desiring to expand and use my technical skills I went to work on a Medical-Surgical Nursing Unit, within the hospital setting for 5 years. Missing long-term care, I returned to long-term care management as Assistant Director of Nursing for a family owned Nursing/Assisted Living/Memory Care/Rehabilitation campus for 4 years. Family life brought me to Indiana, where I was introduced to Tendercare in 2003. Homecare became the perfect blend of utilizing technical nursing skills while allowing me to provide truly holistic care. I worked as a Tendercare field nurse for the next 7 years caring for ventilator, pediatric and adult patients as I finished my RN. I was promoted within Tendercare as a case manager in 2010 and later into the role of Clinical Coordinator, my current position.
Why do you choose to work at Tendercare?: While my own faith and family is priority, Tendercare has been the conduit for me to care for others in the community. I have always received unwavering support professionally to provide the best services while being able to have the flexibility to care for my own family.
What do you like to do when you aren’t at work?: Spending time with my family, painting, traveling and working in my garden.
Favorite Inspirational Quote?: “I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved. I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month, but I can give. I am very happy to do that, I want to do that.” Princess Diana