Bluegrass Care Appoints Clinical Services COO, Hospice Maui Appoints New CEO

Bluegrass Care Navigators Appoints Clinical Services COO

Bluegrass Care Navigators, a palliative care provider based in Lexington, Ky., has appointed Stephanie Greene as chief operating officer of clinical services. She succeeds Cassie Mitchell, who left the organization to become CEO of Colorado-based HopeWest Hospice.

In this COO role, Greene will be responsible for overseeing the operations of all of the organization’s clinical service lines, which include home-based palliative, hospice and primary care in addition to adult day care, medical behavioral and clinical pharmacy.

Greene joined Bluegrass Care Navigators in 2017 as Vice President and Director of Palliative Care and brings 15 years of hospital leadership experience. Previously, she led operations and sales strategies for several outpatient clinics at Saint Joseph Health System in Kentucky.

“Stephanie brings to this role many years of clinical leadership experience in a variety of settings, with an unrelenting passion for supporting patients and families and developing team members,” said President and CEO. direction Liz Fowler in a company announcement. “Stephanie embraces Bluegrass Care Navigators’ mission to provide comforting care at the right time to the seriously ill.”

BlueGrass Care Navigators provides palliative care in 32 counties in central, eastern and northern Kentucky. The provider unveiled an integrative medicine program in 2019 designed to help manage patient symptoms such as pain and anxiety. That same year, he launched a community-based pediatric palliative care program that provides specialized medical care for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with serious illnesses.

Hospice Maui appoints new CEO

Hawaii-based Hospice Maui recently named Melanie Wyer as CEO after the passing of Gregory LaGoy, MD, who served as its helm for more than 30 years.

Wyer took the reins as interim CEO in January. She was previously clinical director at Hospice Maui.

Established approximately 40 years ago, Hospice Maui provides palliative care and supportive care in the communities of Maui, Moloka’i and Lana’i in Hawaii. LaGoy helped build the healthcare organization “from the ground up,” Dwyer says, starting with a few employees providing care to a handful of patients on Maui before expanding his geographic reach, census and team. to a staff of more than 80 employees.

“I hope Greg’s legacy inspires each of us in our own way to be better leaders, mentors and friends to each other and to those who come after us as we pursue Hospice’s mission and vision. Maui,” Dwyer says in a company newsletter. “He built our Hospice Maui Hale to provide a space for patients and families when home care is no longer an option.”

Sangre de Cristo appoints new director of palliative care

Sangre de Cristo Community Care, based in Colorado, announced Viviana Bozzi as the new director of palliative care.

Bozzi was previously a registered nurse for 14 years in the neurotrauma intensive care unit at Parkview Medical Center, a hospital system in the same area.

In addition to its main office and hospice in Pueblo, Colorado, Sangre de Cristo operates four locations across 20,000 square miles in the southern region of the state. In addition to hospice, it offers home care and palliative care.

The company has expanded its palliative care services in light of potential opportunities from Value Based Insurance Design Demonstration (VBID). Commonly referred to as hospice carve-in Medicare Advantage, the VBID program requires participating hospices to provide palliative care up-front.

“There are a lot of innovative things that can come from Medicare Advantage companies and partnerships with them,” former Sangre de Cristo CEO Tarrah Lowry told Hospice News last July. “They need to see us as more than just end-of-life care; they need to see us as part of that continuum of care as we move forward in palliative care, and that’s really what I hope to come out of that.

The director general of the Hospice du Nord-Ouest resigns

After a decade of service, Wendy Coates has stepped down as executive director of the Hospice of the Northwest (HNW) Foundation to “take on a new challenge,” according to a recent company announcement. The foundation is currently conducting a national search to fill the role.

Coates joined the foundation in 2012 and oversaw a nearly 200% increase in overall funding for Hospice of the Northwest. Additionally, she helped create an endowment fund that supports community bereavement services and integrative therapy programs at the hospice, while providing direct assistance to patients.

“She leaves the foundation with an incredibly healthy endowment fund, a strong and carefully cultivated donor base, and a reputation for total dedication to the patients and families we serve,” said Mary Ryan, chair of the board of trustees. the HNW Foundation, in an announcement.

The HNW Foundation has experienced “growth and stability” under Coates’ leadership, with the organization indicating that it is an important and solid foundation for continued sustainability.

Washington-based Hospice of the Northwest provides care in four counties across the state. Originally named Skagit Hospice when it began its services in 1989, the organization changed its name in 2011. The hospice partners with Skagit Regional Health to provide end-of-life and critical illness care.

“She has been very successful in funding the end-of-life needs of thousands of patients and families,” said Brian Ivie, CEO of Skagit Regional Health. “His expertise in philanthropy will be missed.”

Technology provider Hospice WellSky plans to expand with new chief growth officer

WellSky recently hired a new chief growth officer, Dale Zurbay, who will lead the “next phase of evolution” of the expanding post-acute technology company, beginning with the expansion of its Kansas-based global headquarters.

Zurbay most recently served as senior vice president of sales for Nuance Communications, a healthcare artificial intelligence company. He has over 25 years of experience in sales, business development and executive leadership in the health technology space.

“Dale is an exceptional leader with a demonstrated track record of achievement in diverse healthcare markets,” said WellSky President and CEO Bill Miller. “This addition to our team, coupled with the upcoming expansion of our global headquarters, is validation of the great work our teammates do every day and the growing demand for our industry-leading solutions.”

WellSky is moving its global headquarters to accommodate a growing workforce, which currently numbers 2,200 employees worldwide. The company’s employee base at its Kansas headquarters has more than quadrupled, with WellSky planning to bolster its ranks by hiring an additional 1,000 employees.

Since its inception in 2017, WellSky’s has expanded its technology product and service lines, working with more than 20,000 customer sites across the United States. About 30% of home-based businesses nationwide use its healthcare software.

The international company also provides software, analytics and services in Belgium, Great Britain, Canada, the Netherlands, Ireland, Norway, Singapore and South Africa.

The company’s expansion is in part due to the growing importance of technological efficiency as the national healthcare system moves closer to value-based payment models.
In these, emerging technologies such as predictive analytics and interoperable electronic medical records (EMRs) will be an “essential part” of how hospices and other providers do business, Miller previously told Hospice News.

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