Paradigm Founder Retires, Crossroads Appoints New VP of Business Development


Paradigm Health CEO and Founder Retires

After nearly a decade at the helm of Paradigm Living Concepts, LLC (Paradigm Health), President and CEO Jeff Jarecki is retiring. Michelle Pickering will take the reins of the Indiana-based hospice and hospice care provider.

Jarecki founded Indiana-based Paradigm Health in 2013. The company cares for more than 300 hospice patients and nearly 300 hospice patients daily in the Indianapolis metro area and its counties and communities. surrounding rural areas.

Pickering previously held leadership roles at Bristol Hospice, Dignity Health and Silverado and Health Essentials. She has also served as a board member of CareMore Health, a subsidiary of Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) and Monarch Healthcare, now Optum Health, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH).

“Jeff, the Paradigm team and I share a similar mindset that demonstrates our commitment to our team members, patients, and the mission of providing exceptional patient care,” Pickering said in an announcement. ‘business. “Our intention is to continue to grow Paradigm, enabling us to provide a superior palliative care experience to even more patients.”

Among recent growth moves for Paradigm Health was last year when private equity firm Havencrest Capital Management invested in the company for an undisclosed amount. The investment was a move aimed at accelerating the palliative care provider’s growth and reach, Jarecki previously told Hospice News.

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care Appoints Vice President of Business Development

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care has selected Tracy Simmons as its new Vice President of Business Development. In this role, Simmons will lead a team of 33 staff in developing strategic business growth plans for the company.

Prior to joining Crossroads, Simmons held leadership positions in palliative care at organizations such as Compassus Hospice, Encompass Home Health & Hospice (NYSE: EHC) and VITAS Healthcare, a subsidiary of Chemed Corp. (NYSE:CHEM).

Crossroads launched its palliative care program in 1995 and operates sites in Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

The company launched a technology platform last year to help reduce the social isolation plaguing hospital patients during the pandemic.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tracy to the Crossroads team,” said Perry Farmer, CEO of Crossroads. “Her passion for the constant improvement of palliative care in order to ensure that individuals and their families receive the highest quality end-of-life care speaks volumes about Tracy’s character and values.

Blue Ridge Hospice Appoints New Director of Business Development

Virginia-based Blue Ridge Hospice has appointed Jason Parsons as Director of Business Development. In this role, Parsons will lead the company’s strategic planning and implementation.

Parsons previously led public affairs and philanthropy for Capital Caring Health. He will now serve as a senior executive for Blue Ridge Hospice, responsible for developing new business and strategic partnerships, identifying and negotiating affiliations and new payer opportunities, overseeing product and service development. , the direction of marketing and public relations activities and the direction of the organization. fundraising initiatives.

Blue Ridge Hospice began providing critical illness and end-of-life care over 40 years ago. The nonprofit organization treats more than 1,400 patients daily in eight southern Virginia counties.

Parsons comes on board at a critical time for nonprofit palliative care providers, according to Blue Ridge President and CEO Cheryl Hamilton Fried.

“Blue Ridge Hospice, and all nonprofit critical illness providers, are at an inflection point as competition from proprietary palliative care chains increases and Medicare continues to make significant regulatory and health care changes. reimbursement for palliative care,” said Hamilton Fried. “Jason’s breadth of experience is perfect to ensure [we] continue to meet the needs of the community.

Saint Francis Health System expands director role to include palliative care

Saint Francis Health System recently announced the return of Claire Kneer as Director of Home Health, Hospice and Palliative Care.

Kneer previously served as director of home care and palliative care since 2015 before the role was recently expanded to include palliative care. She joined Saint Francis in 2011 as a Case Manager and later became Manager of the Palliative Care Services Program.

The Missouri-based health system provides services in that state, as well as in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. In 2019 alone, the health system provided 6,174 hospice patient visits and nearly 7,000 home visits.

“We are thrilled to welcome Claire to the Saint Francis family,” said Lisa Newcomer, vice president of regional operations at Saint Francis in an announcement. “Claire is a catalyst in ensuring home care is a bridge to the healing process for those with additional needs. I look forward to all that she will accomplish as we continue to serve our region.

Florida-based Big Bend Hospice has appointed Kara Walker as its new Community Engagement Coordinator. Walker will be responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers, as well as expanding community awareness and education about palliative care.

The nonprofit hospice provider was established in 1983 and currently serves eight counties in the Sunshine State.

Big Bend’s care team in 2020 included nearly 300 volunteers providing more than 12,000 hours of service to patients and families.

Prior to joining Big Bend Hospice, most of Walker’s experience was in community engagement work. She has also worked in various areas of social work that support people who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and rehabilitation in prison.

“I am thrilled to serve the Wakulla County area on behalf of Big Bend Hospice,” Walker said in local news. “There is so much that hospice can offer the community, so I want to share some of those services. We are able to help our patient-families find comfort in their most difficult days, and c It’s really rewarding work.


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