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 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 has served on the Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care Board of Directors for her 6 years. She has also served on many Boards including: The Board of Directors of CHAMP CAMP, a non-for-profit that provides a weeklong camp experience for pediatric patients with respiratory conditions, 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 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.”
Kelly Stahly, RN
Director of Nursing
Kelly Stahly, RN
Kelly Stahly is the Director of Nursing for Tendercare Home Health Services. She is a Registered Nurse with 14 years of experience in both acute and home health care. She worked as an LPN at the St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital (LTAC) for 4 years taking care of critically ill patients. Kelly came back to Tendercare full time as a member of our field staff in 2011 where she cared for vent dependent adults and children with complex medical needs. Kelly got her Registered Nursing license in 2014 and became a case manager in 2017.
Her parents are Jim & Leslie Deitchman who are the founders of Tendercare, so this is truly a “family business”. Kelly has a unique perspective within the company as she has worked in so many roles within the company. She has been a Home Health Aide, a scheduler, as a field nurse, in human resources as the nurse recruiter, and as a member of the clinical management team. Kelly has worked for Tendercare since she was eight years old. She started out standing on a chair to make copies and crawling around on the floor to collate the pages for packets.
As the Director of Nursing, Kelly is a leader for the clinical team and field staff to help maintain Tendercare’s mission to provide the highest quality patient care.