Crater Community Hospice Honors Retiring CEO Brenda Mitchell

Celebration at Country Club of Petersburg on December 7th 

Petersburg, December 9, 2016 --- Crater Community Hospice (CCH) honored retiring CEO Brenda Mitchell and welcomed her successor, Karen Cameron, with a gala reception at the Country Club of Petersburg on Wednesday December 7th. 

Almost 100 people gathered to celebrate the milestone occasion of Ms. Mitchell's retirement after more than two decades in the position. Attendees included colleagues, area officials, supporters, and current and former members of the Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff. Students from Appomattox Regional Governor's School under the direction of Mr. Paul Lindsey provided music.
 
Tracy L. Taliaferro, Esq., Chair of the CCH Board of Directors welcomed the guests. He noted that "Tonight, we pause to honor the end of an era and to re-commit to our mission as we begin a new era." He reminded the audience of Ms. Mitchell's long history with the organization. "In 1995 the CEOs of our two, local, public hospitals of the time, had a vision to meet the needs of the seriously ill and others within the hospitals' service region who were struggling with end of life.  Their vision was Crater Community Hospice.  Two years later, the board of directors made a wise and impactful choice when they selected Brenda Mitchell to serve as CEO. Brenda grew CCH into an outstanding hospice provider."
 
Brenda Clarkson, Executive Director of the Virginia Association of Hospice and Palliative Care, (VAHPC) attested to Ms. Mitchell's impact more broadly on the hospice movement.  She reminded the audience that Ms. Mitchell was a founding member of Virginia Association for Hospices (now VAHPC), incorporated in 1987, and has served in many roles including currently as President.  She noted that "Brenda has been a true leader in our field, always being at the forefront of the mission to advocate for quality care for all persons with life-limiting illnesses, to promote hospice and palliative care education and ethical practices."
 
Jo Ann Glazier, Chair of the CCH Board of Director's Governance committee, presented a legacy plaque and told attendees that the community room at Crater Community Hospice's building - which is utilized for many free public educational programs including monthly Coffee Chats, memorial services, and more - will now be named in Ms. Mitchell's honor.  
 
Mr. Taliaferro concluded the formal remarks by reminding everyone of Crater Community Hospice's mission. "The American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson authored the phrase, "Life is a journey, not a destination."  Hospice is a celebration of life-a celebration which, when begun in a timely fashion, can provide a person and their family the best quality of physical, emotional, and spiritual support on the most divine of journeys.  Hospice celebrates life. That celebration has been happening every day in the Crater region since 1995."  He thanked Ms. Mitchell again and looked forward to CCH's continued growth and leadership in the community under new CEO Karen Cameron.

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