When he’s not improving the lives of patients and the community, Visiting Nurses Association veteran Craig Hindman has a long list of loves.
I’m 51, single, and have a dog named Buddy. I live in the Graduate Hospital area and have been with the VNA for 22 years.
Are you an artist/artistic?
I am not an artist, but I do enjoy making my own artwork on canvas which I hang in my house. Some may disagree on the aesthetic, but I like it. I enjoy taking photos of unusual things and framing them in my home as well.
I’m a big Judge Judy fan: “if it doesn’t make sense it’s probably not true” and “beauty fades and dumb is forever.” Also, something that I say often is: “you learn more from listening than by talking.”
I can eat a whole pizza and not blink an eye
Halloween. It happens to also be my birthday month. But I enjoy everything about that time of the year. The weather, Halloween parties, candy, horror films.
Best day ever
Graduating with my master’s degree. I couldn’t believe it finally happened.
Saddest day ever
The day my first dog as an adult, Charlie Brown (a miniature pinscher) — died unexpectedly in 2018. This broke my heart in a million pieces.
Most afraid of
How the changing environment in recent years has impacted my feeling of safety in the world, simply just being in one’s community trying to enjoy life.
Most influential person in your life
My mother. She is an amazing person. She raised 3 children as a single parent, working two jobs and trying to do the very best to give her children a better life with better opportunities.
Thing you’d most like to change about yourself
I would like to be about 3 or 4 inches taller.
What would you like people to know about you?
I’m a native Philadelphian, born and raised. I care deeply for the city and its residents. The work I do within Population Health at VNA Philadelphia is very important to me in helping to improve the health and wellness of the city and those who live within it.
I also enjoy DIY home projects and singing while doing most of them. My dog Buddy and I are quite the pair in a singing match. Buddy is a Basenji and Terrier mix. Google Basenjis – they are a great breed. He enjoys yodeling, howling and barking in our sing alongs. But, sadly, he is no help to me when I need it for the actual projects. He’d prefer to stay on the couch looking out the window.
What were you most thankful for in 2019?
There are so many things to be thankful for. I have to give my top three: the love and support of my mother, my dog and having a career I love.
More About Craig
Craig Hindman joined VNA Philadelphia as the Director of Clinical Services in 1997. Hindman is a Pennsylvania licensed Masters of Social Work and a graduate of Temple University’s School of Social Work. A lifelong resident of PA, Hindman received his BA from Penn State University. Hindman was promoted in September 2019 to oversee the VNA’s new Population Health initiative where his first accomplishment was the creation of a food pantry. With fresh produce donated by Philabundance and nutritious meals from Aid For Friends, healthy meals can make a difference. In fact, VNA Philadelphia is the only health provider in the city that delivers food from Philabundance.
VNA Philadelphia is the oldest and largest non-profit home health and hospice provider in the region and one of the most innovative in the nation. Founded in 1886, VNA Philadelphia is headquartered in the East Falls section of the city and serves more than 50,000 residents of Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs each year. VNA Philadelphia is Medicare Certified, licensed by the State of Pennsylvania, and Accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP). To find out more about the VNA, contact us at 215-473-0772 or visit vnaphilly.org.