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HopeWest

With your generosity, HopeWest will "profoundly change the way our community experiences aging, serious illness, and grief -- one family at a time." We strive to bring hope and comfort to families & patients by providing hospice care, palliative care, grief support for adults, teens and kids.

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
100
Full Time Staff:
270
Contract Staff:
4
Volunteers Annually:
1,210
Retention Rate:
99%

Christy Whitney, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 1993

Christy Whitney, President, and CEO, is a masters prepared Registered Nurse who began her hospice career as a nurse over thirty years ago. She helped found an all-volunteer hospice program in Durango, Colorado in 1979, later served as a Vice President of Mercy Medical Center in Durango, and CEO of Hospice of Northern Virginia. She was recruited to Grand Junction in 1993 to be the founding CEO of HopeWest.

She is a Livingston Fellow. She authored the first American Nurses Association Hospice Nursing Standards of Practice. She has also authored articles and chapters in publications on the topics of leadership and standards of hospice.

She currently serves as founding Board Member and Steering Committee for the "National Partnership for Hospice Innovations", as a Board Member of the the Caring for Colorado Foundation, the Western Healthcare Alliance, the Mesa County Health Care Leadership Consortium and the John McConnell Math and Science Center. She has also served as a member of the Health and Human Services National Rural Advisory Committee, and as a Board Member of the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Colorado Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Boards of Directors. She has also served as numerous national and statewide committees on the subject of end of life care, including co-chairing the CIVHC Palliative Care Committee.

Christy has been the recipient of numerous awards recognizing her achievements, including:
•Rocky Mountain Health Plans "Bruce Wilson Award" for community collaboration.
•Creative Visionary Award by the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce
•Outstanding Alumna for the University of Colorado School of Nursing
•University of Colorado School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna
•Grand Junction Rotary Service Above Self Award
•Colorado Women's Foundation (Western Slope Chapter) Woman of the Year
•Statewide Colorado Nurses Foundation Nightingale Award.
•Girl Scouts of American "Woman of Distinction" Award
•90 Nurses in the State of Colorado recognized for contributions to the profession on the 90th Anniversary of the Colorado Nurses Association.
•Colorado Nurses Association District Nurse of the Year for Achievement in Direct Client Care
•Sigma Theta Tau (International Honors Society for Nursing)
•State Volunteer of the Year (honorable mention).

Christy is also a sought after educator and speaker on the topics of leadership, standards of practice and other topics related to organizational development

Sarah Walsh, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Start Date:

Sarah Walsh, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, joined the HopeWest team in January 1998, Sarah Walsh initialized an in depth review of the system. She participated in Hospice familiarization and orientation with staff and took advantage of both national and regional opportunities.
This analysis led to the development of various financial management tools that interpret system information for staff and managers as well as the Board. Applying her experience from corporate analysis to the healthcare realm, Sarah has been able to implement advantageous strategies for HopeWest. Emphasis on identifying key control and cost drivers has provided an ongoing thorough analysis with focus on solutions that accelerate growth, while allowing for expansion of the mission.

Terri Walter, Senior VP and Chief Administrative Officer
Start Date:

Terri Walter, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, joined HopeWest in September 2000. Terri's Hospice career started in 1987 when she was Primary Nurse for Porter Hospice in Denver. From 1988-1999 she served as Director of Porter Hospice, leading the hospital-based Hospice organization through steady growth in daily census, the establishment of two inpatient hospice facilities, integration with a home health program and a merger with another Hospice.
Terri has been active in state and national Hospice organizations, serving on various committees and taskforces and speaking on the topics of Inpatient Hospice and Quality Management. She currently serves on the Board of Directors and Public Policy Committee for the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of the Rockies, the Board of Directors for Nightingale Western Colorado, and is on the Signature Events Council for the National Hospice Foundation. In 2014, Terri was the recipient of the President's Award from the Colorado Center for Hospice & Palliative Care and was honoured as Nightingale Luminary by the Colorado Nurses Foundation.

Georgia Rock, Senior Vice President, Executive Director of Hospice Services
Start Date: 2018

Georgia Rock, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Hospice Services, joined the HopeWest team in August 2018. Georgia comes to Grand Junction from the San Francisco Bay area. She is leaving her position at a large nonprofit hospice, Pathways, after a 20-year career, having served for five years as Vice President of hospice and more recently as the Chief Strategy Officer. Pathways is an organization founded in 1977 and has a robust hospice about the size of HopeWest and an even larger Medicare Home Health program accredited by JCAHO.

Georgia has more than 30 years of operational experience in both home health and hospice. She holds an MBA and an undergraduate BS in Communication Disorders from CSU. She was recently honored by the Silicon Valley with a Women of Influence Award.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
10
Term Length:
2
Term Limit:
4
Total # of Board Members:
20
Clients on Board:
No
# of Client Board Members:

Board Demographics:

Female:
5
Male:
15
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
0

Black or African American:
0
Asian:
0
White:
18
Hispanic or Latino:
1
Multiracial:
1
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

4

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

76%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

100%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

Committees

Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Governance
Medical Advisory
Planning

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