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Hospice of the Bluegrass' Gretchen Brown honored with national award

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the hospice community honored Hospice of the Bluegrass President and CEO, Gretchen Brown, during NHPCO’s 29th Annual Management and Leadership Conference held March 27-March 29 in Washington, DC.

Brown received the inaugural Galen Miller Leadership Award. 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 worked tirelessly to improve quality, access and care delivery for all people facing serious and life-limiting illness.

Leading one of the early hospices in the United States, Brown was able to expand care and services into 32 central, southeastern and northern Kentucky counties. In addition, Hospice of the Bluegrass operates inpatient units in Lexington and Hazard. Today Hospice serves nearly 700 terminally ill patients and their families each day. Under Brown’s leadership, Hospice of the Bluegrass has also been an innovator in bringing palliative care and transitional care to the communities it serves.

“Not only is Gretchen a long-time hospice veteran – she is a leader in her community, state and on the national level, said NHPCO President and CEO, J. Donald Schumacher. “Her program has been at the forefront of palliative care services and serves as a model to the entire hospice community.”


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