Hospice CEO Earns National Recognition

hopsiceGretchen Brown, Hospice of the Bluegrass President and CEO, received the inaugural Galen Miller Leadership Award at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s 29th annual management and leadership conference in March in Washington, D.C.

The award was created in memory of NHPCO’s Executive Vice President to honor a leader from the hospice and palliative care community who has improved quality, access and care for all people facing serious and life-limiting illness.

Leading one of the early hospices in the United States, Brown has expanded care and services into 32 central, southeastern and northern Kentucky counties. In addition, HOB operates inpatient units in Lexington and Hazard.

Today, Hospice serves nearly 700 terminally ill patients and their families each day.

Under Brown’s leadership, HOB has also been an innovator in bringing palliative care and transitional care to the communities it serves.

“Her program has been at the forefront of palliative care services and serves as a model to the entire hospice community,” said NHPCO President and CEO J. Donald Schumacher.