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Debbie's Story

Debbie Johnston
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Originally I wanted to be a secretary like my mom, but after considerable coaxing from my dad I decided to go into nursing. My dad told me that nursing would always afford me a job in good times and bad.

Following nursing school, I decided to work in the operating room where I learned a lot in a short amount of time. In fact, I was promoted and was entrusted to start ambulatory surgery for the hospital. I began to see people being discharged quicker and sicker, which prompted my curiosity about what was happening to patients once they were sent home. It was this curiosity that led me into my career of home care.

Through the years I have seen many changes in health care, but one thing for certain is that patients are being discharged much faster. People are going home much sooner and when they truly need help the most.

Care Advantage was born out of a need to help people once discharged home. This has naturally evolved from helping patients leave the hospital to holding their hand and making their last few hours the best possible.

Although I am a trained nurse and understand what nurses want as well as what patients need, it wasn’t until I became a caregiver for my own parents that I truly understood what Care Advantage really meant. I engaged my own Company to take care of my mother and make her last days with us the best. We sent one on one nurses to be by her side in the hospital and home, assuring that everything she needed was fulfilled. This was so helpful and allowed my siblings and father to rest, as family caregiving is a hard and heart aching job.

Not long after that did I use my Medicare program, All About Care, to help my father recover from joint replacements and to help him back on his feet. Having used my own Companies I can truly say that Care Advantage and All About Care deliver what you need and when you need it most.

I thank you for entrusting my Company with a heart to care for your loved ones. school of heart knocks

Our Awards

Care Advantage, Inc. and our President, Debbie Johnston, are recipients of local, state and regional business awards for business and public relations including:
  • Leadership Metro Richmond, Class of 1999
  • Rising 25, 1992, 1993
  • Entrepreneur of Richmond, 1993
  • Small Business Person of the Year, 1994
  • Blue Chip Enterprise Initiative, 1996
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Virginia, 1996
  • National Association of Women Business Owners/Bell Atlantic Community Service Award, 1997
  • Leukemia Society's Woman of the Year, 1997
  • Northstar Academy Polaris Award, 1998
  • Working Woman's Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards, 2000
  • Working Woman's Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards, 2001
  • Philanthropist of the Year Big Brothers Big Sisters, 2005
  • Bernard Savage Community Service Award, 2009
  • Unity Christ Church of Bon Air Super Star Award, 2010
  • Commonwealth Catholic Charities Service Award, 2010
  • YWCA Outstanding Women's Award, 2011
  • MS Society's Women on the Move Award, 2011
  • Virginia Job Creator featured by Governor Bob McDonnell during “Job Creator Appreciation Month”, 2011
  • Finalist for National Association of Women Business Owners Entrepreneur of the Year, 2012
  • Virginia Lawyer’s Media Influential Women of Virginia, 2012
  • American Cancer Society’s Cure by Design Fundraiser, Honorary Chair, 2012
  • Executive Women in Business, 2013
Debbie Johnston Wins 2009 Savage Award
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"I hope my father lives for a long time, and it is good to know that I have your support and help to keep him comfortable."

- John W.