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Christy Whitney

President & CEO

HopeWest

Christy Whitney, President and CEO, is a master’s-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 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.

Sessions

Supporting Urban and Rural Communities: Two Approaches

Presented by Todd Stivland MD, Christy Whitney in Track 1, Track 2, Track 3, Track 4 at 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 11th.

Rural communities often struggle to expand and maintain access to quality health care services, with issues like workforce shortages, payment reimbursement, and physical barriers disproportionately affecting the elderly population and those living with advanced illness. What can providers and other stakeholders do to ensure that quality care is available to all that need it no matter their zip code? Hear how leading providers…