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K. Jeanne Dennis, MSW

Jeanne Dennis is a national leader and consultant in Hospice and Palliative Care, and an Associate with NHPCO Edge. Her consultative expertise includes operational assessment, strategic planning, retreat facilitation and team building.

From 2001 until she retired in 2014, Ms. Dennis served as The Senior Vice President of VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care. During her tenure, the program grew to become the largest hospice provider in New York State. Milestones during this period include: opening an 8 bed Hospice Residence, establishing a 25 bed In-Patient Unit, accomplishing a financial turnaround, acquiring another Hospice program, implementing The VNSNY Hospice Care PATH: a model of excellent service delivery, creating SPARK, a Palliative Care Management Program, establishing a Physician Fellowship Program with 7 NYC Academic Medical Centers and initiating an organizational ethics program.

From 1993 to 2001, Ms. Dennis was Director of Program Service at TrinityCare Hospice in Torrance California. In this position she directed, the day-to-day operation and delivery of hospice care across four teams and four sites.  She held responsibility for all of TrinityCare Hospice’s special programs including: TrinityKids Care, The Gathering Place (community bereavement center), The End of Life Education and Resource Project and the development of a Palliative Care Consultation team.

Ms. Dennis is a current member of the Board of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization She is an advisor to and former President of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State.  She was a member of the National Hospice Work Group from 2010-2014.From 1994 -2000 she served on the Board of the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association and as its President in 1997

Ms. Dennis received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa, a Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University. She holds a certificate in Bio-Ethics and Medical Humanities from New York University and a Certificate in the Principles and Practices of Organizational Development from Columbia University, Teachers College. She is the 2015 HPCANYS Carol Selinski Founder’s awardee and was the recipient of the Carol Raphael Innovation Award in 2011.

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