Pediatric Healthcare Connection was founded on something simple: an idea that there was something missing in private duty nursing care and the relationships built upon the work. After many years in the industry, we felt there could be more done to ensure a more familial relationship between administration, medical professionals, and patients’ families. To us, there needed to be more time spent connecting nurses with the right families and families with the right nurses. To us, it’s more than just clinical skills. We look at the bigger picture. But it only starts there. Call us, we’d love to tell you all about it. We decided to build a community of heart-filled professionals who felt valued, heard and appreciated.
PHC’s vision is to create new pediatric home healthcare standards by providing the highest quality care with innovation, integrity, excellence and compassion.
PHC’s mission is to change pediatric home healthcare through innovative strategies that improve the lives of patients, families, and employees.
We have focused on being a case management company enabling us to connect the dots between service providers to ensure the most comprehensive care. If your child is currently receiving services that include therapies and specialists, our team feels strongly about continuous communication to help provide the best care for your patient.
If you are family looking for private duty nursing services or a health care professional looking for opportunity, please call (855) 268-4098 or email us for more info.
Additionally, PHC offers Occupational, Physical, Speech and Feeding therapy.
Private Duty Nursing
Occupational, Physical, Speech and Feeding Therapies
A. Every medical professional is screened by Texas department of public safety, OIG, drug screening and infectious disease testing. PHC will test all medical professionals to appropriate skill levels and experience to work with each child. After appropriate scoring on all testing each staff member will be reviewed hands on by a supervising clinician to ensure comfort and competence. Additional training by supervising clinician to child specific assignments may also occur.
A. Our families always reserve the right to meet, approve or deny the services of any clinician. PHC encourages the communication with supervising staff to build a team to service you and your loved one that best fits your specific criteria.
A. The PHC team will review funding sources prior to any agreement of services, where all parties are in agreement of any charges and who will be responsible for those charges.
Being a parent is hard enough...caring for a child with special medical needs can be an adjustment that needs reliable support. Our families are a crucial key to our comprehensive care teams, as they are the expert on their own child. We are humbled to use our own expertise to complete that care team with the right medical professionals to help make the best decisions, though sometimes very difficult, in partnering for your child’s best success. Our families are very special to us, as many of us might never understand their struggles. But PHC works diligently to respect each family’s commitment to their everyday struggles..
Our nurses are all a part of the family. They are very honest, collaborative, open to feedback and work well as a team. We all enjoy each other’s company and have fun, but I know at the end of the day all of the nurses have Hudson’s best interest in mind .
Nurses are like family, really and truly. We probably treat them better than family, because we don’t make them do dishes! By keeping the nurses happy on all sides makes home nursing a good thing. We can tell they want what is best for Luke. When we came home, nurses were patient while we learned things. They shared their knowledge with us and things they had seen in the past that were helpful. By having nurses here at home, it made it less scary because we didn’t feel alone.
We are very happy with our nurses very much. They are professional and are very involved in all aspects of our son’s care. I can see how much they care for our son and make sure he is taken care of.
De La Cruz family
Overall it’s been really good and PHC has tried very hard to accommodate us and work through any problems that have arisen. Bringing in travel nurses has been very helpful when we have had openings. Communication has been key in helping to keep everything going well. Our nurses are our family!
We are so happy to have such an amazing nurse. Alice is now a part of our family and the bond she shares with Teigan is so beautiful. PHC has provided us with some really amazing nurses and when the pandemic hit, they heard our concerns about limiting our families interaction with others. They supported us in our decision and we are thankful for both our nurse Alice, and PHC." s in our decision and we are thankful for both our nurse Alice, and PHC.art of our family and the bond she shares with Teigan is so beautiful. PHC has provided us with some really amazing nurses and when the pandemic hit, they heard our concerns about limiting our families interaction with others. They supported us in our decision and we are thankful for both our nurse Alice, and PHC.
PHC has been a real blessing. We have experienced relationships with multiple nursing agencies, however no other company has instilled the trust and confidence that PHC has. The continuity of our son's care has made the ultimate difference. Six years into our life long need for nurses, I am completely positive you won't find another company like this one.
Words can't express our gratitude for PHC. In the three years we've had nursing care for our son, this is the ONLY company that has provided continuity of care for our son. We never have to worry about "strangers" showing up at our door at 7am. Communication and transparency has been one of their many strengths. Their priority is not only for their patients, but for their nurses. And in order to have happy clients, you have to have happy nurses. PHC provides comfort, peace, and COMPASSION. A perfect balance for an imperfect family dynamic with a special needs and medically complex son. Thank you PHC for bringing calmness during a very chaotic time in our life. We appreciate your commitment to serve our family.
We are so grateful for PHC! This company has been such a delight to work with. They not only made the transition smoother than anticipated, but they have been committed to providing us with amazing caregivers that we not only love and trust, but have helped our child stay healthy, happy and thriving.
We are a family of 7. My husband and I have 5 boys. We started a Journey with Kiptyn and nursing over 7 years ago. We have nurse's in our home almost 24/7, which provides many challenges. We started with PHC back in July 2016. We love this company. We can not say enough good things about what a great company this is. The way they have structured their company is amazing. They don't just hire a body to fill a shift. They hire for the long term and to make sure it is a good fit for the family. We have been with several nursing company's. Starting over with a new agency and nurse and trying to rebuild a good nursing team has been hard. When we started with PHC it started immediately and I feel that I have rebuilt an amazing nursing staff with the quality of nurses we have. Our son Kiptyns, success is largely due to the quality of nurse provide. The Nurses aren't just here to get a pay check, they are here for my son and work as team.
Meet Our Team
Collectively, our administrative team has over 50 years of experience in the home healthcare industry. We have teamed up strategically to bring the best of familiarity and heart. We have created a successful team by combining expertise and passion. This passion is extended into pediatric therapy as well through Big Sky Pediatric Therapy.
He didn’t grow up in Texas but he won’t leave now! Don Maniccia, founder of PHC, moved his way to the Lone Star State and Pediatric Private Duty Nursing at the turn of the Millennium. He has held senior positions in the largest companies in the industry as well as helped to create programs across the state for families of special needs children for almost 15 years. He and his wife Laura are raising their three little ones on a lot of coffee and a bit of traveling. Having experience with their own medically fragile son, Don decided to branch out on his own to create a company that embodied his own personal philosophies and work ethic.
Born in Texas, Koco comes from an extensive background in private duty nursing where she hit the ground running as a field nurse in 2004. She received her RN title and quickly jumped into the Clinical world. Her expertise in this role catapulted her to Clinical Director where she eventually went on to become Vice President of Clinical Operations for 17 years with her previous employer. When she’s not working, you can find her spending quality time with her family and Yorkie Jax. She enjoys reading, watching football and the ID Channel.
Tanya is a part of the original crew at PHC. PHC’s comprehensive approach to client and employee management is what inspired her to come on board and stay on board. She is the definition of what it means to bleed PHC purple. She has been a nurse for over 20 years and in 2002 realized her niche was working in Private duty nursing. She plans to work in private duty nursing until she retires or ascends with Bowie. Outside of PHC, she loves everything about Texas. From the Hill Country to Texas Music. She is an avid supporter of the local artist community and supports local businesses. BUY LOCAL!
Kathi grew up in New Jersey but has been in Texas since 1992. We say that makes her a true Texan now! She realized shortly after moving here she needed to slow down and put a smile on her face. She now says things like “y’all” and knows who the Longhorn’s are. She has acclimated well to Texas life. So much so when she returns to New Jersey, her family teases her about her “Southern accent.” She has worked in Private duty nursing since 2003. First as a field nurse then shortly after transitioning to a Nursing Supervisor. She has worked with several PDN companies throughout her career and found her home at PHC in 2015. Both of her sons are away at college and she is enjoying her empty nest. In her spare time, she goes to concerts and watches college football. ROLL TIDE!!
Nikki Schweitzer joined Pediatric Healthcare Connection as a Director of Clinical Services. She started her nursing career as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Level-3 staff nurse at Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital from May 2002 to June 2005. Nikki received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman's University, where she was placed on the University Honor Roll. She brings 17 years of experience as a Clinical Director in the pediatric home health setting. Her love for children makes her a very compassionate nurse that is devoted to providing high quality patient care. On a personal note, Nikki met her husband in college and has been married for 17 years. She is a mother of two beautiful girls who keep her busy on the weekends watching sports. In her free time, she enjoys working out and spending time with her family and friends.
A Texas Native, Chloe has been on the PHC team since 2015 where she started out as an LVN. Over the years, she continued to pursue her education while also providing bedside nursing care to various PHC patients and now holds her BSN, RN title. Working directly with our PHC patients in the past, allows her to bring a unique perspective to quality assurance. In her free time, you can catch her enjoying the outdoors, reading a book, or jamming out at a concert- she cannot get enough live music.
Cindi is a Speech-Language pathologist who has been working in pediatrics for over 18 years. She has worked in school districts, hospitals, clinic settings, and home health. For the last 10 years she has worked as a home health supervisor, managing teams, and assisting other SLPs with advancing in their clinical skills, specifically in feeding and swallowing. She enjoys being outside, exercising, water activities, DIY projects, but mostly spending time with her daughter.
Ozzie is an RGV native who has called Dallas-Fort Worth home since 2013. Ozzie has a passion for serving others and has found his calling serving the needs of medically fragile children in communities throughout Texas over the last 10 years. His experience working in leadership roles with some of the largest private duty nursing companies operating in the state, make him an invaluable asset to the team at PHC. Ozzie is also a soccer dad, who’s greatest joy is cheering for his daughter at soccer games on the weekends! On his free time, you’ll find Ozzie, his wife, and their two daughters enjoying backyard BBQs as a family and cheering for the Dallas Cowboys during the fall!
Zach grew up with one other sibling in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He has a passion for photography, football, swimming and anything related to Star Wars “May the force be with you”. Zach had almost 3 years of experience in the healthcare industry and brought his expertise with him from Philadelphia to Austin. In Zach’s spare time he enjoys getting together with friends and family, or just hanging out with his beautiful fiancé Laura with their two amazing dogs Harper and Obie.
Born in Victoria, Texas, also known as “The Crossroads of Texas,” Adrianna has been in the private duty nursing field for four years now. After her move to Houston for a change in careers, she stated off as an Administrator and quickly became the operations manager of a private duty nursing company. In her last position, she helped build an agency from the ground up where she gained valuable experience. During her free time, you can catch her in the gym, channeling her inner fashionista, traveling or spending time with her son.
A true Austin original, Crystal has spent most of her career in the medical field. She has twenty years of experience being on the administrative side, where her keen attention to detail and high-spirited personality plays a big part in building rapport with our nurses and keeping the day-to-day operations running smoothly. She is a mother of three boys and enjoys spending her weekends at baseball games or in the outdoors kayaking with her husband. She is always up for traveling and experiencing local eateries.
Rachel joins PHC after working nearly twenty years in Law Enforcement Support, her duties ranged from Training, Auditing, and Adult and Juvenile Case management. After careful consideration she decided to make a career change following her personal experience as someone who experienced the hardship of having a medically fragile family member. She will bring a new outlook and is hopeful in inspiring and educating our team and the medical families we serve.
Born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Nigeria, Jonisha brings with her a broad and varied background, including ten years of working in the medical field. She has worked in doctor offices, emergency rooms, case management, medical billing, pediatrics, internal and cardiovascular medicine. Bring an upbeat person, she is always willing to learn new things to better her skills. Jonisha is currently studying psychology; she has a soft spot for mental health, nutrition, and kids. A proud mother to her lovely son, she loves making memories with him, her family, and her friends. Jonisha counts a love fashion and traveling among her passions.
Janice is a native Texan and grew up in beautiful East Texas. She has worked in several industries
although the last 10 years have been in the healthcare sector. She believes her accounting degree adds
and valued level of knowledge to her position as Director of Revenue Cycle. She and her husband,
Doug, have two sons whom both attended the University of Alabama. Roll Tide! Janice loves sports,
puzzles and her two dogs, Hank and Pat.
Kyle is a native Texan but was raised right next door, in Louisiana. Kyle has had the privilege of working in home care in four different states across our nation, including the great state of Texas where he got his start in 2012. Kyle enjoys spending time outdoors in all settings. From hunting and fishing, to gardening and landscaping, he loves the experience and clarity that nature brings and enjoys cooking the many bounties that come from it. Kyle's favorite thing in life is spending time with his beautiful wife, Kelly, and his two wonderful daughters Natalie and AJ. Kyle is thrilled to return to the state that he was born in, married in, and that launched his career. Kyle will be working in our Houston market where he will lead our team in the day to day. Kyle is a huge LSU fan and is not shy to throughout a "GEAUX TIGERS", whenever he gets the chance.
Growing up in a family dedicated to bettering the lives of families and children in need, Heather has always had a passion for a meaningful career. She has worked in the healthcare industry for over three years and has acquired experience in billing and collections, eligibility and benefits and several other areas of credentialing. Heather chose to broaden her experience by working in both a private duty nursing office as well as pediatric therapy. Although born in Iowa, Heather considers Austin home. She and her wonderful husband, Alexander, enjoy cooking and being outdoors. In fact, if you’re looking to try something new, they can make a few recommendations as you might call their taste “adventurous.” Heather hopes to continue to build her experience in the healthcare industry and work to better the infrastructure for the families continuously affected by ongoing care.
Greyson is yet another Austin transplant. When asked where he is from, he gives a simple answer: “born in Iowa, raised in Hudson Valley, New York.” With over 5 years of industry experience under his belt, Home Health Care has taken Greyson all over the place, making his back story as interesting as his sports affiliations. He loves watching college football in the fall (Go Hawkeyes!) and doing just about anything on the lake during the summer. You can almost always find Greyson spending time with his many friends and large family.
A wandering soul, Alex has lived all over the states, from the crisp mountains of New Mexico to the golden shores of California, finally settling into his familial home of Texas. This changing of landscapes shaped a love and respect for the diversity of the land and the peoples he has met along the way. With over 5 years of networking and management experience, Alex is excited to bring his skills to the Talent Acquisition department and work towards connecting our families with the best nurses and home healthcare we have to offer. When he isn’t in the office, Alex is outdoors or in the kitchen, and always looking for new adventures. What’s more, he isn’t alone on these adventures; with his beautiful wife Heather at his side and a son being welcomed into the world July 2022, new horizons are looking ever brighter for Alex and his family.
Gavin comes from a whole family of recruiters, including his brother, father, and sister. So, finding people jobs is truly in his blood! Being a recruiter for the past 3 years, he has worked in a variety of industries but has fallen in love with healthcare recruiting and has a true passion for helping those in need. If he isn’t on the phones talking to people about their future, you can find him at local card game stores with friends or at the theaters watching the next blockbuster movie.
From being born into a 5th generation nursing family, Xavier was always surrounded by the medical community. Xavier enjoyed tagging along with his mom to her home health cases being her handy-dandy assistant. Xavier has followed the same steppingstones having over 5 years of experience in the health care industry. Xavier is the smile of PHC that is brought to every home. Other than his fulfilling career with PHC, Xavier enjoys spending days with wife, 2 boys, and his Collie-poodle, Arlo, heading to the park to fly kites.
Growing up between the West Coast and the Midwest, Matthew moved to Texas as quickly as he could and then married a 7th generation Texan to make up for lost time. His 10+ year in private-duty healthcare administration has taken him all over the state. He and his wife, Kristian, enjoy quiet evenings listening to their favorite 80s and 90s slow jams after busy days of keeping up with their 3 energetic children and serving the community in their respective careers in healthcare.
Katie is honored to serve as the Human Resources Coordinator at PHC. Originally an Austin native, who after completing her undergrad in Management at Texas State University, returned to work in the artificial limb industry for 2 years before joining the PHC family. In her free time, she can be found reading at a local park
What Our Nurses Have to Say
PHC is a different kind of home health company. The patients and the nurses are the top priority with this company. The personal touch is felt from
Don and my nursing supervisor. I feel like a valued employee. The great benefits are just icing on the cake.
Working for PHC has been great, they really know how to take care of their nurses and most importantly, their patients. I have been an RN for 37 years now, and have not worked for a company that has respected me as an RN like PHC does. The benefits are great(, matching 401K, an annual Appreciation Night celebration, and the gifts… I have never been gifted for birthday, yearly recognition, Christmas, and Nurses week like I have since working at PHC. They also take the time to match you with compatible families and patients that become family. I have amazing families where I feel welcomed, appreciated, and are allowed to be the nurse, so parents can have time to be parents. Thank you PHC for providing a great company.
For my testimonial I'd like to say that this company treats you like family . The staff and other employee are amazing. The patient's and families are wonderful. I've learned alot since I started. Great experiences overall I have been with PHC 3 years and I hope to make it many many more. I mention to my friends alot that having a company like PHC is a blessing. Nursing supervisors are top notch. As one nurse to the next take the chance you won't regret it! There's tough days but its just a rewarding job. Thank you for inviting me to PHC family 3 years ago ❤ The beachhouse, the events together are the best♡ I miss it!
I have worked for several home health care companies over my career as a NICU nurse and private duty nurse. I worked in NICU units in Austin for 20 years and always wondered how my little patients did after they went home. As a private duty nurse doing home care with these little patients I get to work with them on a day to day basis as they develop. Pediatric Healthcare Connection is different from the other agencies I have worked for because they really do care about the relationships between the company, the families and the nurses. Steve Willingham is committed to making sure it is a good fit for everyone and that he doesn't take cases that he can't staff well. The support and respect that I have received through Steve is unmatched in my career. Please consider them if you are looking for a nursing agency to care for your child or if you are a nurse wanting to work with pediatric cases.
I came over to PHC July of 2016 at the urging of a friend who had positive things to say about the company. I have worked at a total 6 pediatric home health companies, so I can attest to the PHC difference! At PHC, I feel appreciated and my concerns are always addressed by the attentive, experienced, and hard working case managers. I am so glad I found PHC, and I am happy to be part of such an outstanding team of professionals committed to caring for their special kids!!
PHC is by far the best company I have ever worked for in my 10 years of being a nurse. I was just about to give up nursing for awhile and my friend who is also a nurse with this company talked me into meeting the owner. I have now been with PHC almost a year and I've never been happier. I love going to work everyday. I've learned to love being a nurse again. This company cares not only for their amazing little patients but they care for their nurses and support them as well. Changing to PHC has been by far one of my best decisions I've made.
After two decades of working as a surgical recovery room nurse, I had a desire to provide more personalized patient care. The support received by PHC to transition into this type of nursing has been outstanding. They have been available at all times to answer questions and listen to my concerns. It amazed me how eager the management was to intercede on what could have been considered a seemingly minimal issue and promptly worked with the family to find a workable solution. When asked by a former coworker about how my new job was going, my response was, "I feel valued as an employee." PHC seems to hold in high regard all the positions that make up this organization. It such a refreshing change.
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Corporate Compliance Policies
Pediatric Healthcare Connection is licensed to provide nursing and therapy services under Texas Medicaid and some private payer sources. We comply with state and federal regulations governing our services, including patient's rights and confidentiality as well as all other regulations applicable to the services we provide.
In addition, Pediatric Healthcare Connection has an integrated Quality Improvement Program to ensure each patient receives the highest quality of services within the industry. This program oversees the collection, management, analysis, and preparation of quality data reports required to validate regulatory compliance and improve quality outcomes.
We have also established an Integrity Hotline for employees and clients. It is a third party, anonymous hotline through a separate company and is available to all employees and clients of Pediatric Healthcare Connection. Calls to the Hotline may be made anonymously and management will not tolerate retaliation for good faith reporting of issues or concerns to a member of our leadership team or the Integrity Hotline. The hotline number is 855-650-0005.
We are following the CDC's most up to date recommendations. We encourage thorough hand washing, consistent use of personal protective equipment, including face coverings, and limiting contact with others. For all questions regarding our management of COVID risks, please reach out to us.