I am grateful for the opportunity to be the CEO and CFO of Community Home Health & Hospice. I have served as the agency’s Controller or Director of Finance during the past seven-plus years, and during that time I’ve had the opportunity to see the dedication that Community staff have to patient-centered healthcare firsthand. It is truly an honor to represent our wonderful employees and follow in the footsteps of Lorraine Berndt and Greg Pang who have helped foster this culture since Community was founded 45 years ago.
The healthcare industry has several challenges and opportunities ahead of it. Our industry is facing a shortage of clinical personnel and the cost of providing care is outpacing reimbursement for services. It is the task of Community’s Senior Leadership Team and I to create an environment where the best people want to work, and to be flexible and innovative in providing care. Additionally, we are in the midst of a capital campaign to remodel our Longview Hospice Care Center, which was the first facility of its kind in the State of Washington. We have raised approximately half of the needed funds to date and intend to kick our fundraising campaign into high gear in 2023. I am extremely excited about the prospect of providing patients, their families, and our staff with an upgraded inpatient facility.
I would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the donors who have supported the agency throughout the years with gifts to our capital campaigns, charity care, equipment purchases, and the list goes on. It is this relationship between Community and the communities we serve that allow us to thrive.