When Jamie Hamm noticed a gap in healthcare in providing vascular access insertion services to area long-term care facilities, she decided to fill the gap herself and started a company called Vascular Access Plus (VA+) in January of 2009.  VA+ is a mobile service that provides ultrasound guided peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC lines) for the purpose of providing IV infusion therapy. Her nurses provide a professional and collaborative approach to meet the needs of the patient and the facility. VA+ has now also extended their services to include the majority of long term care facilities in the region, the acute care setting, including urban and rural hospitals, and they are licensed to provide services in the home, office and clinic settings.

Tell us a little about your family.
I am married with two children.  My daughter Anna Sophia is 11 years old and will start Middle School in Gretna this fall. My son Cole Matthew is 9 years old and will enter 4th grade this fall in Gretna.

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
I believe one of the biggest turning points professionally was when I hired my first nurse. That meant that there were days I didn’t have to go into work!

What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I was a farm girl! I helped my dad with cows, pigs, putting up fence, weeding in the bean fields, and we had a few sheep and chickens in the early years.

What are you the most proud of?
As working professionals, we all try to balance our work and our home. I am so proud of my family and especially my kids. They have been hanging in there, like on days when mom just got home but had to go back to work because the pager went off again.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 
My mother told me when listening to others to count to five when they were done so when I speak I am not interrupting them.

What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish?
I have a current goal to be removed from the on call schedule with my nurses. That will allow me to make a greater impact on and design changes within health care.

If you could have a super power, what would it be?
To snap my fingers and I instantaneously would be in the place I was thinking of.  I would have so much extra time in my day!

What are your plans after retirement?
To take the time and finish projects in my house, and to travel.

What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
Refinish old furniture.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I had more talent in carpentry.  I love to do projects on my house but lack the know-how.

What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
I am currently reading a biography of Steve Jobs and it is hard to put that book down.

What is your favorite movie?
Transformers Dark of the Moon

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If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
Betty White

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so?
They can email me at jamiehamm@vascularaccessplus.com or my answering service is 402-449-9330 and is available 24/7. They can also visit us online at www.vascularaccessplus.com.