Hospicare Announces New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Hospicare & Palliative Care Services is pleased to announce the successful hiring of a new Executive Director.  Kimberly De Rosa will join the Hospicare team at the end of April.

“The Board and staff are unified in their support of Kim as the next leader for Hospicare & Palliative Care Services,” said Loren Gardner, president of the Board of Directors.  “Kim’s 15 years of experience in senior leadership positions in healthcare and hospice has prepared her to lead Hospicare and its incredible and dedicated staff and volunteers as we work to provide end-of-life care to members of our community.”

For the past five years, De Rosa has served as the Director of Operations for Hospice and Palliative Care at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC.  In this role, De Rosa designed, led and implemented strategic initiatives and programs that increased productivity by 25% and patient satisfaction by 33%.  Prior to this position, she worked for a decade as the Director of Business Services for Hematology Oncology Associates of CNY.

De Rosa has a B.S. with a concentration in Business Administration from Capella University, and is slated to receive her Executive MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in May 2019.  She has been an active volunteer for the Big Brother, Big Sister Organization and Eblen Charities, and she is a current board member at Hospice of Western North Carolina.  Kim, her husband, and their two Labrador Retrievers look forward to relocating to the Finger Lakes, where they also can enjoy being closer to family.

De Rosa succeeds Dale Johnson, who served as Executive Director for Hospicare & Palliative Care Services for the past decade. Roger Sibley, former Executive Director of Franziska Racker Centers, has served as interim Executive Director since December.

Hospicare & Palliative Care Services serves residents of Cortland and Tompkins counties.  Our hospice team cares for patients’ medical, emotional and spiritual needs so they can more fully enjoy time with loved ones. Our palliative care team cares for people with life-limiting illnesses by relieving the burden of illness, enhancing the quality of life, and fulfilling the patient’s goals for comfort.  Finally, we provide bereavement support services to anyone in our service area who is grieving the death of a loved one, whether or not they died on hospice.

Anyone interested in learning more about our services and programs can call 607-272-0212 during our administrative business hours (M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm).