With the continued changes in home health care, it is becoming increasingly clear that although most patient care is good—there is still room for it to be even better.
ECS Healthcare was developed to help patients reach their full potential for recovery through extended services for physicians, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, and ultimately, the patients themselves.
Susan Toland Halley, MS, NP-C
Susan is a board certified family nurse practitioner who is the co-founder and co-owner of Extended Care Specialist, Inc. Established in 2005, Extended Care Specialists (ECS) is a primary care network that provides management and ongoing quality healthcare for patients. ECS serves all ages but primary emphasis is with the elderly population.
Susan is a graduate of Ball State and Indiana Wesleyan Universities. She has over 30 years experience in nursing with nearly 20 of those years in providing primary care to patients as a nurse practitioner. Her experience in advance practice nursing has been diverse including delivering primary care to families with over three years in providing care to patients in the specialty field of psychiatry. She currently manages and provides primary care to elders who live in long term care, assisted living and those who reside in our community. She also routinely performs history and physicals for individuals undergoing electroconvulsant therapy in the hospital setting. As co-owner of ECS, Susan daily manages and oversees the delivery of care of residents living in over 200 long term and assisted living homes as well as NP home visits that includes both acute, long term and hospice care throughout the state of Indiana. ECS through Susan has harmonious professional relationships throughout the state. She and ECS work in tandem with hospitals, long term and assisted living facilities, independent living homes and individuals still living in the community. ECS owns strong relationships with home health care agencies, hospice companies, varied community health agencies and universities with schools of nursing.
Susan has been involved in nursing education for over 20 years. She continues as nursing faculty with Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne. Susan has works published in nursing literature and journals as well as contributions to nursing textbooks. Susan is active with the community including past service on state and local health committees at the appointment by the government of Indiana and by the mayor of Fort Wayne. Among other accomplishments, Susan was a key member in establishing Fort Wayne Healthy Cities' first health fair with the mission to aid Ft. Wayne's underserved population. She also help establish the Fort Wayne Minority Health Coalition. She has been honored with awards including Who's Who in Nursing and Nurse Educator of the Year as nominated by her students and peers.
Susan is married and resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has two sons who are in high school. Besides spending time with her family, Susan enjoys reading, gardening, and spectating sports.
Mary Catherine "Cathy" Yaggy, MSN, GNP-BC
Cathy Yaggy was born and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee. She attended Dobyns-Bennett High School and went on to Central College in Pella, Iowa where she earned a degree in pre-health with a focus in chemistry and biology in May of 1995. While interning at a physician's office several summers during college, she became acquainted with the role of nurse practitioner.
Cathy also gained experience and passion for the elderly with her second job as a certified nurse's assistant at a local nursing home. She later pursued a master's degree in nursing, feeling this career would allow her to balance work life and family life. Cathy then attended Grandview College in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May of 1997. She worked briefly in oncology at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. From there she enrolled at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and studied to achieve her master's degree in nursing with a specialty of Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, finishing in December of 1999.
After completing her studies at Tennessee, she then moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana and gained experience as an Alzheimer's unit director at Markle Health Care. She then took a job with St. Joe Senior Health services and started working on her true passion as a nurse practitioner by serving the elderly in a clinic and nursing home setting. Susan and Cathy met when they job shared at a nursing facility.
It was evident that Susan also had the same passion for serving elderly residents in the nursing home and assisted living environment. In 2005, Susan and Cathy decided to form Extended Care Specialists, a provider group specializing in geriatrics. Cathy remains active, still seeing residents several days a week as well as taking time to help manage the day-to-day operations of the company with the help and support of the wonderful staff.