Compassion, integrity, family, excellence, trustworthiness, accountability, and diversity
Your Northeast Indiana Home care and Medical Staffing Providers: The Difference is in “The BrightStar Way” We Hire the Best of the Best We place only BrightStar-employed, experienced and compassionate caregivers. Every potential employee is subject to our rigorous hiring process that includes a criminal background check, motor vehicle record review, drug screen, three professional references, two face-to-face interviews, competency testing, and orientation. For every 100 people who apply to work for BrightStar, we hire only six or seven of the very best. In addition, each caregiver is insured, bonded and supervised by a Registered Nurse. We pay our staff higher wages than other providers because we target exceptional caregivers and have higher expectations of them. Registered Nurse Oversight of Every Case Our Director of Nursing, Stephanie Zishka, RN, is also an owner in the business. We provide RN oversight on every case. Direct RN supervision of every case raises the care we provide to a higher level and allows us to deliver exactly the right care to our clients. Live 24/7 Telephone Support No answering machines, no answering service. You will reach a live BrightStar employee every time you call (260) 918-0933, and we guarantee 24/7 access to an RN. Because We Care As part of our commitment to you, we continuously review all cases. We communicate any changes and concerns, discuss how we feel services are being performed, and listen to your input.
Steve Zishka | CEO / Owner
Stephanie and I started BrightStar of Fort Wayne in 2010. My mother and father both used home care, and we were well aware of the needs in our community for quality home healthcare. Previous to starting BrightStar I had worked in the wireless industry for over 20 years as an Electrical Engineer and in various executive leadership positions. My last position was as the VP of Technical Operations with Centennial Wireless in Fort Wayne, IN. We have lived in Fort Wayne for over 14 years and have two sons that attend school in Southwest Fort Wayne. We are so excited to bring a higher standard of home care to Fort Wayne, and the rewards of doing so for both our clients and employees every day has been truly amazing.
Stephanie Zishka BSN, RN | Director of Nursing/Owner
Graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Have been a nurse for over 25 years working in various Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Emergency Rooms and Home Health agencies throughout the country. As the Director of Nursing, I am honored and proud to be able to provide the higher standard of care to the Fort Wayne, Lafayette and surroundings communities.
Denise Kreais | Branch Manager
Graduated Tri-State University with a degree in Business Administration. Worked in management and administration for 9 years in private business sector and 15 years in non-profit. I have been with BrightStar for 6 months as the Fort Wayne Branch Manager. My favorite past time is spending time on the water, boating, and with my family.
Doug Strom - Director of Operations
I came to BrightStar Fort Wayne September 1, 2015. Previous to this position I had not worked in healthcare but have 25 years of experience in operations. I gained this experience in the United States Army and College athletics. Currently I am overseeing the Human Resources, Payroll and Billing for both the Fort Wayne and Lafayette offices.
Questions about our care team?
Please contact us online or call our Allen County offices at (260) 918-0933 and we'll be happy to answer them.