Who Is Solanges Vivens?
Solanges Vivens is the CEO and sole owner of VMT Long Term Care Management Inc., a controversial healthcare company that does significant business with Washington, D.C.
Vivens has grown wealthy running VMT — she lives in a $1.3 million home in D.C.’s exclusive Chevy Chase neighborhood — yet she pays poverty wages to many of her caregivers. The U.S. Department of Labor found that from 2006 to 2008 VMT underpaid its workers more than $1.7 million in health and welfare benefits.
VMT consists of at least three interconnected healthcare businesses: a nursing home management division, a home health agency and a healthcare education center. All of them have a troubled history:
- Vivens used to manage two D.C.-owned nursing homes, but she lost the contract at Washington Center for Aging Services (WCAS) in 2010. The city had determined that VMT wrongly spent $107,000 on an anti-worker campaign at WCAS.
- Caregivers at Vivens’ home healthcare agency had long complained about poverty pay and grueling working conditions and in 2008 voted to form a union. Since then, Vivens has refused to settle a fair first contract
- VMT’s LPN training program was shut down by the D.C. Board of Nursing in 2003. Vivens restarted the LPN program under a different name in 2005 and today its students have the highest failure rate in D.C. and the nursing board may shut it down again.