TRU Community Care

As one of the first hospices in Colorado and the oldest nonprofit hospice in our area, TRU Community Care (TRU) has always been a community effort - owned by the community, supported by the community, and shaped by the community - since its founding in 1976 as Boulder County Hospice.

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Michael McHale, President and CEO
Start Date: 2017

McHale has dedicated his professional career to health care with more than 17 years of management, marketing and customer service experience within the hospice and long-term care industry. He has held various leadership positions with hospices in California, Michigan, Maryland and Illinois prior to joining TRU Community Care.

Most recently, McHale was charged with integrating Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care into the Presence Health System - the largest Catholic health system in the state of Illinois. As part of this integration, McHale oversaw the merging of the two (2) Presence Hospice programs into Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care. As a combined operating organization, McHale worked to streamline the organization's operational structure, implemented a fourteen (14) seat, state-of-the-art call center to enhance the patient experience and improve customer service, realigned operational resources to strengthen quality oversight and regulatory compliance, and improved the financial performance of the combined hospice programs. McHale also supported the implementation of the Presence Health system strategy for inpatient palliative care in nine (9) acute care hospitals.

Michael holds a Masters of Health Care Administration from National University in San Diego. As a board member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in Washington, DC, he is committed to improving quality of care, regulatory oversight and patient and family satisfaction in both hospice and palliative medicine.

Scott Gresser, Chief Financial Officer
Start Date: 2012

While completing his third term on our Board of Directors, Scott applied to serve as CFO and successfully transitioned into the role in 2012. A seasoned financial executive with over 20 years of leadership experience in the publishing and broadcasting industries, he is well equipped to oversee the finance, facilities, information technology, and administrative functions of the agency.

James Woodard, Chief Operating Officer
Start Date: 2019

Jim Woodard is a seasoned healthcare executive who has 15 years of senior leadership experience. Jim has held leadership positions at Denver Health, Devereux, and Centura Health. He has facilitated the development of a wide variety of innovative healthcare delivery systems that focus on improving care for patients and their families. Most recently, Jim was the Vice President of Patient Care/CNO for Centura St. Thomas More. Jim holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and Regis University where he received his MBA.

Samantha Black, PACE Executive Director
Start Date: 2016

Sam Black has worked with TRU Community Care since 2007 as a social worker, clinical manager, Vice President of Clinical Services, and now PACE Executive Director. Sam is a leader in the field of hospice and palliative care, with 20+ years' experience as a medical social worker and over 15 years of service in the hospice industry. Sam brings a sensitivity and compassion to TRU's mission that serves families, patients, staff, and volunteers equally well, with a passion for high quality care through outstanding staff training and support, as well as outreach to the community we serve.

Jen Thomas, Director of Development
Start Date: 2018

Dedicated to matching donors' philanthropic goals with the needs of community-based organizations, Annette's industrious efforts have improved the quality of life for thousands of people served by a wide variety of nonprofit agencies in our area and beyond. A graduate of Georgia State University, she has over 20 years of development experience including directing fundraising efforts, teaching grant writing skills, organizing special events, and speaking about best practices. Annette enthusiastically embraces TRU's mission and joined our staff in 2013 to mobilize people and resources for optimum long-term impact in our community.

Shirley Huang, Medical Director
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A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA, Dr. Huang is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. She has held numerous teaching positions and has been a Premedical Student Mentor/Clinic Supervisor since 2010. She has lectured extensively on topics ranging from Aging, Elder Abuse and Neglect to Breast Cancer and Cardiovascular Health Screenings. Prior to joining TRU's staff in 2013, Dr. Huang was a Clinic Director, Internist & Geriatrician for Boulder Community Hospital. She is an Elder Abuse and Neglect Expert Witness for the Boulder County District Courts. In her current role, Dr. Huang oversees medical services at TRU and works closely with community physicians to ensure high quality patient care.


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