COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gloria A. Brooks, MPA, FACHE, has been named the new President of Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care and the President and CEO of Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation. Both appointments are effective May 22, 2017. Brooks succeeds Martha M. Barton, who led the two organizations for 30 years before announcing in January that she would be retiring on June 1.
"I am honored to be selected as the next President of Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care," Brooks said. "To have the opportunity to lead a community-based, legacy care provider for Coloradans experiencing their end-of-life journeys is one I take with great enthusiasm and dedication. I appreciate the decades of leadership provided by retiring President Martha Barton, and look forward to a smooth transition in May."
Brooks comes to Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care from the Hospice of Michigan, where she served as Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. She led the creation of a joint strategic plan for Hospice of Michigan and the newly affiliated Arbor Hospice. She also led new business development opportunities for Hospice of Michigan's palliative care service line and was responsible for the operations of both the Hospice of Michigan Institute, the organization's hub for education, training, research and innovation, and the Anchors Programs for Children, which provides pediatric perinatal care, palliative services, pediatric hospice, and family support services throughout Michigan. Brooks' career also includes leadership positions with Arbor Hospice and the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan. She is a past Chair of the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of Michigan.
"With a record of achievement in strategic planning, business development, advocacy and fundraising for community-based, mission-driven hospices, Gloria is a great match for the Colorado Springs community and Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care," said Doug Flinn, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care.
Founded in 1980, Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care is the largest and only not-for-profit hospice and palliative care provider in El Paso County. It provides outpatient hospice services in patients' homes and extended care facilities throughout the county and also delivers care at the 16-bed Pikes Peak Hospice Unit at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs. Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care services also include a robust palliative care and consultation program, its own pharmacy providing specialized pharmaceutical care for its patients, and comprehensive grief support for adults and children. The organization also participates at the highest level in We Honor Veterans, a national program jointly developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care affiliated with Denver-based Care Synergy in April 2016.
Brooks will be only the third leader in the history of Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care. A Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, she holds a Master of Public Administration with a minor in Nonprofit Management from Oakland University, Rochester, MI, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Evansville, Evansville, IN, with a major in Art Therapy.
"I want to thank the Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care Board of Directors, Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation Board of Trustees, the Care Synergy Executive Team, and the leadership circle at Pikes Peak for their support and confidence as we create the next chapter for Pikes Peak's own journey," Brooks added.
Formed in 2014, Care Synergy is the region's largest end-of-life care network. Care Synergy's affiliate organizations continue to operate as distinct and independent, not-for-profit mission-driven hospice and palliative care organizations while working together to share best practices and serve more Coloradans along the Front Range. Four premier affiliate organizations comprise Care Synergy: Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care, The Denver Hospice, Halcyon Hospice, and Pathways, located in Fort Collins.
Robin Whitten, Vice President of Communications
Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care
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