Caris Founder and CEO to Serve on NHPCO Board and as Hospice Action Network Chairman

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March 3, 2017
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The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) invited Caris Healthcare Founder and CEO Norman McRae to serve on the executive committee of the NHPCO board of directors. In addition, the Hospice Action Network, a partner of NHPCO, elected McRae as chairman. NHPCO and Hospice Action Network work closely to ensure excellent end-of-life care is available for all Americans.

Hospice Action Network is the largest national organization dedicated to preserving and expanding access to hospice care in America by providing hospice advocates with the tools they need to fight for the hospice cause at home, in Washington and online. According to NHPCO, Hospice Action Network also works to:

  • Expand an ongoing and influential presence on Capitol Hill
  • Mobilize a growing network of Hospice Advocates throughout the nation
  • Foster relationships to highlight issues impacting end-of-life care

Regarding these two service opportunities, McRae stated, “I am so honored to be asked to advocate for Americans at the end of life as the chair of the Hospice Action Network for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Since I started working in hospice 30 years ago, NHPCO has been the voice for hospice. As more Americans choose hospice than ever before the work of the national organization grows concomitantly. We need hospice advocates more than ever to support the Hospice Action Network’s goal to make hospice available to all who want it.”

Caris Healthcare Founder and CEO Norman McRae combines a heart for mission-driven, community-based hospice with an entrepreneur’s drive for developing and nurturing outstanding teams, running efficient operations, differentiating on quality outcomes, and identifying and meeting community need.

Caris Healthcare provides hospice and palliative care to patients who are affected with life-limiting diseases. Caris has 27 locations covering Tennessee, Virginia, Missouri, South Carolina and Georgia. With a mission to “provide hospice care with grace,” Caris has served more than 40,000 patients and nearly 4,500 patients in 2016 alone. Caris stays grounded in the values of compassion, accountability, respect, integrity, and service. The word ‘Caris’ comes from an ancient Greek word meaning ‘grace.’ The last days of life are a sacred time, and Caris feels strongly that grace should be present when and where it is needed most.