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.”
Director of Nursing
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.
Lisa Zakrowski, RN
Assistant Director of Nursing
Lisa Zakrowski, 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: Unit Manager 20 bed subacute unit, MDS Coordinator, Quality Assurance lead nurse, Med Surgical unit nurse, Assistant Director of Nursing for Skilled/Assisted Living/Memory Care Campus. In 2003 became a part of the Tendercare team, with roles including home visiting nurse years with concentration in ventilatory care, Tendercare RN Case Manager, Human Resources Manager and now serves as the Assistant Director of Nursing.
Why do you choose to work at Tendercare?: I have always received unwavering support professionally, to provide the best care to my patients while being able to have the flexibility to care for my own family. There is a great team of caring people at Tendercare, they inspire me like many of our patients and I am blessed to be a part of the company.
What do you like to do when you aren’t at work?: Spending time with my family and travel.
Favorite Inspirational Quote?: “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” ~Og Mandino