Meritan President Elected to National Home Care and Hospice Board

Memphis, TN – (November 1, 2016) – Melanie Keller, president of Memphis-based Meritan, Inc., has been elected to National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) board of directors for 2017 and 2018. Keller will represent an eight-state region, including Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Florida and Tennessee.

The NAHC is the nation’s largest professional association that represents chronically ill, disabled, and dying Americans of all ages. The national organization also represents the caregivers who provide them with in-home health and hospice services.

As president of Meritan, Keller, 47, is responsible for the executive oversight of 500 employees and a $27 million annual budget, in addition to managing Meritan’s quality improvement and strategic planning efforts. A registered nurse, Keller holds a Masters of Health Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Memphis.

Meritan is a regional non-profit agency that provides services for seniors, specialized foster care for children, skilled healthcare programs, and services for the developmentally and intellectually disabled. Meritan is also part of the Memphis area Coordinated Response to Elder Abuse (CREA) team. Formerly known as Senior Services, Meritan has served the Mid-South for more than 55 years and maintains national accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.



For more information, please contact: Chessie Biggam, Meritan development and communications coordinator, 901-766-0613 or

August 29, 2016

Meritan Awarded $41K Grant For Smart Home Program

Memphis-based Meritan Inc. has been awarded a $41,000 grant from the Consumer Technology Association Foundation in support of Meritan’s Smart Home program, created to enhance the lives of disabled citizens in Memphis and the Mid-South.

The CTA Foundation is a public, national foundation with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives.

Meritan’s Smart Home program is the only program in the Southeast designed specifically to foster increased levels of care for people with disabilities.

To learn more, visit the Memphis Daily News.

June 22, 2016

Thank you First Tennessee Foundation for your generous donation of $5,000 for our Senior Employment Job Training Program.  This program assists low income senior citizens 55 years old and older enter or re-enter the workforce by providing on-the-job training to learn new or refresh their skills.


May 9, 2016

Meritan, Inc. recently partnered with Kendra Scott for a Kendra Gives Back party.  Friends of Meritan, Inc. came out in full force to support the agency on April 30, 2016 and were treated to cookies and more courtesy of Kendra Scott. Kendra Scott donated 20% of all sales proceeds to Meritan for this unique and fabulous fundraiser.

Check out the video to see how much was raised to benefit Meritan!

December 7, 2015

Meritan, Inc. was named a Top Workplace by The Commercial Appeal.  This is the third year in a row that Meritan received this honor.



September 25, 2015


August 28, 2015

From bake sales to silent auctions, Meritan's staff competed against each other to see which team could raise the most to support the Mid-South Food Bank's Operation Feed.  While Meritan may have come in 2nd place, we are proud to say the real winner was the Mid-South Food bank!


August 17, 2015

July 10, 2015


April 3, 2015

Meritan staff are working hard preparing for the 16th Annual Midnight Classic Bike Tour coming August 29, 2015 to Tiger Lane!   Be sure to check back periodically for updated information and registration. Registration will begin May 1, 2015.  All those that register in May will be eligible to win a $100 Gift Card. For more information, visit the MCBT page here.

December 10, 2014

After a survey from the Commercial Appeal, Meritan was named one of the 50 Top Workplaces of 2014 in Memphis!  

Congratulations to all our hard working staff!


December 5, 2014

Our foster care program, in Cartersville, GA, is taking donations for precious special needs foster children so they may have a very special holiday this year!

Want to help but live too far away? You can donate online at and designate for the Cartersville, GA office!

Here's a bit from an article in their local newspaper...... or you can read it all here.

"With Christmas around the corner, Bartow County Division of Family and Children Services and Meritan Inc. are reaching out to the public to help meet the wish lists of more than 300 youth in state custody.
To support Meritan’s efforts to assist 62 foster care children, area residents can select an ornament adorning the Christmas tree at Swheat Market Deli, 5 E. Main St. in Cartersville. Along with the children’s first names, the ornaments contain their ages and desired presents.                                                          

“We are a specialized foster care, meaning that we take children that have behavioral needs or medical needs,” said Shemaria Garcia, recruiter trainer for Meritan. “... The foster parents get training mostly to ensure that they are meeting the needs of the kids.                                                                                    
“We have children [with] ages ranging from ... [7 months to 21 years], so we have a wide range of children in our care. We do also have families that take medically fragile children that may be wheelchair bound. Several of our families also in the process will adopt a child that’s in their home.”                                       
Once purchased, the gifts — totaling $50 to $75 — need to be delivered to Meritan, 920-A N. Tennessee St. in Cartersville, by Friday. In addition to donating gifts, area residents also can sponsor a child for Christmas, by making a donation of $10, $25 or $50."

December 3, 2014

Harold Byrd, from the Bank of Bartlett, appeared on Fox 13 Memphis about the Meritan Silver Bell Program.  Silver Bells contain wish lists of home bound seniors in the Memphis area.   From socks to toiletry items, each gift provides a gift of comfort and compassion to a senior in need.

To adopt a Silver Bell this holiday season, visit one of the eight Bank of Bartlett locations in the Memphis area,  visit the Meritan office in Memphis or donate online here.  

A million thank yous to Harold Byrd and the Bank of Bartlett for being a supporter of Meritan and our Silver Bell program!

October 27, 2014

Hilton World Wide Employees in Memphis stopped by our office and donated  275 goody bags for Meritan's clients in our homemaker program.  Each bag contained a handmade wreath along with a cup, candy and tolietry items.

Thank you Hilton and your employees for your service to Meritan and our community!

October 27, 2014

Asia Diggs, JR, SPHR, Meritan's General Counsel and Director of Human Reources and Compliance was featured in the Memphis Business Journal's People on the Move.  You can read the article here , but here's a brief intro......

Asia Diggs, general counsel, director of compliance and human resources at Meritan Inc.

Hometown: Houston

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Economics, University of Texas (Hook Em' Horns!); J.D., University of Arkansas (Woo Pig Sooie!)

What you most like about your job: Knowing our health care and administrative staff genuinely care about the vulnerable and under-represented populations we serve. People tend to stick with the company for a long time. Employees love the work they do here and, most importantly, love the people they are doing the work for.

September 22, 2014

The SPARK on WKNO Memphis

Meritan's President, Melanie Keller, appeared on the September 18th episode of The Spark on WKNO in Memphis.  She spoke of the vast array of services that Meritan provides to consumers that improve well-being and promote independence.


September 17, 2014

Meritan's Cindy Branch appears in today's Memphis Daily News.  Click here to read the full article.

Here's a brief look at the article from the Memphis Daily News.

Cindy Branch, Meritan's associate vice president for health services, has been selected to represent Tennessee as one of the nation's top 50 home care and hospice nurses by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Healthcare Nurses Association. Branch, a registered nurse, has oversight of Meritan's nursing programs, including home health, private duty nursing and medical residential homes.  She will be recognized at NACH's annual meeting in October. 

September 5, 2014

What's it like to ride in Meritan's Midnight Classic Bike Tour?  

Check out this video created by Michael Lander who rode in the August 23, 2014 ride.

You can also check out his blog post about the ride here

Thank you Michael for taking the time to put this all together!

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August 29, 2014

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club Nonprofit 10 for 5

Recently the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club and  the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence have joined  together to introduce 10 Memphis area nonprofits with each nonprofit giving a 5 minute summary of their charitable organizations.  

Meritan's Executive Director Melanie Keller appeared in one of the segments.  You can watch this quick 5 minutes video about Meritan to learn more about the agency and all the programs we offer the community. 

August 28, 2014

Senior Employment Named Career Center Partner of the Year

Congratulations to our Senior Employment Program Staff!

The Program was honored today by the Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board as Career Center Partner of the Year for their partnership in workforce development.

Pictured are (l) CaSondra Amos, Program Director and (r) Vera Kea, Program Coordinator.

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August 24, 2014

Meritan's 15th Annual Midnight Classic Bike Tour was a hit!

Thank you to everyone that helped make the 15th Annual Midnight Classic Bike Tour a success!  To all the staff & volunteers, thank you for your hours upon hours of hard work and time.  To all our sponsors, thank you for supporting our fundraising efforts and supporting Meritan.  To all the riders, thank you for participating and we hope that you enjoyed the music, food, and ride!  

On the radio!

August 11, 2014

Recently, Melanie Keller, Meritan's Executive Director, appeared on the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club Radio Show.  She spoke about the various programs Meritan offers to the community, including success stories with our foster care program, job training for senior citizens, intellectual & developmental disability services, Meritan's 14th Annual Midnight Classic Bike Tour and our Silver Bells Christmas Wish List program.

Zeta Phi Beta Donates Backpacks to Georgia Foster Care Program

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August 5, 2014

Mega thanks to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Rho Epsilon Zeta Chapter from Marietta, GA.  They donated these awesome book bags to our foster care program in our Cartersville, GA office.   Lots of thanks to our Case Manager Jessica Green for putting this all together!

And to fill these book bags, the Meritan office in Cartersville worked with their local Crye-Leike office to raise money with a yard sale.  Enough money was raised to fill all the back packs with great school supplies!  

In addition, the Cartersville staff secured donated gift certificates from the local Target and Wal-Mart stores so the children could have a great start to their school year.

Thank you New Direction Christian Church!

July 29, 2014

A special thank you to New Direction Christian Church under the leadership of Dr. Stacey L. Spencer, Senior Pastor and Jerrod Gunter, Youth Pastor for your generous donation of backpacks to the children in our Memphis Foster Care Program.

Our children will be able to have a successful start to the 2014-2015 school year.

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Memphis, TN – (July 14, 2014) – Cindy Branch, RN, Meritan’s Associate Vice President for Health Services, has been selected to represent Tennessee as one of the nation’s Top 50 home care and hospice nurses by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA).

As Tennessee’s representative, Branch will be recognized at the NAHC’s annual meeting in October in Phoenix, AZ. The winner of a nationwide contest to select the Top Nurse  also will be announced at that meeting.  


As Associate Vice President for Health Services, Branch has oversight of Meritan’s nursing programs, including home health, private duty nursing and medical residential homes.

“This is one of the highest honors to receive in nursing and all of us at Meritan are thrilled with Cindy’s selection,’’ said Melanie Keller, president of Meritan, Inc. “She is certainly deserving of this recognition and her honor is a reflection of the compassionate work everyone at Meritan does every single day.”       

About NAHC

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation's 33,000 home care and hospice organizations.  NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers that annually provide in-home services to about 12 million Americans who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled.

June 10, 2014

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Meritan recently had a group of Super Hero's visit!

Well, sort of!

Our foster care staff dressed up as Super Hero's to celebrate a foster child's birthday!

Way to go Meritan Foster Care!  

You ARE heros!

And the winner of Meritan's Operation Feed Contest  -  Team Defeeders!

And the winner of Meritan's Operation Feed Contest  -  Team Defeeders!

Meritan Staff helps support The Mid-South Food Bank

Meritan staff in Memphis recently competed against each other to help support the Mid-South Food Bank and Operation Feed. 

Staff, made up of teams, competed against each other with creative ways to raise funds such as a breakfast sale, ice cream sale and a bake sale.

In total, Meritan staff donated 696 pounds of food and over $1,500 in cash to help Operation Feed and the Mid-South Food Bank!


On the Radio!

Tammy Pierce, PHR, Director of Development Compliance & Corporate Outreach appeared on AM 990's Seize the Day Variety Hour with Dr. Mary McDonald.   Click to listen.