The board of directors of Hospice of Central Pennsylvania has named Gilbert Brown the organization's new CEO.
CEO Karen Paris retired "after 29 years of distinguished service," according to a news release.
“We’re very excited to start a new chapter of people-centered, quality care with Gil as our leader,” said board chairwoman Jane F. Burke. “Gil has the right experience to lead Hospice of Central Pennsylvania into a strong future. His exceptional background and proven leadership of strong community-based programs will help us continue to provide quality care to our community members with advanced illnesses.”
A native of Union Dale, Brown has more than 30 years of experience in health care operations and management. He most recently served as the chief operating officer for eight years at Hospice by the Sea, a Florida-based, nonprofit provider of hospice, home health care and palliative care services.
Before that, his career included positions at the Institute of Living; corporate and regional positions with Aetna Health Plans; director of managed care for the Queens Network of the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation; and director of managed care for Continuum Health Partners.
Brown has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bloomsburg University and a master’s degree in organizational behavior from the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business.
“I’m excited to be back home to lead Hospice of Central Pennsylvania,” Brown said. “While the landscape of health care continues to change, I know that Hospice of Central Pennsylvania will continue to provide outstanding quality care to every life we touch.”
An independent nonprofit, Hospice of Central Pennsylvania serves Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, Schuylkill, York, Adams and Lebanon counties. Its most recently available tax filing, for 2012, shows revenues of just over $17.8 million, most of it from Medicare and Medicaid payments.