Chapters Health System Announces the Retirement of President & CEO Kathy L. Fernandez

President and Chief Executive Officer Kathy L. Fernandez, BSN, MHA

“After more than two decades working with Chapters Health and its affiliates, this is an emotional and difficult decision, but the right decision for me at this time in my life. I am looking forward to spending more time with my family, particularly my grandchildren,” said Kathy L. Fernandez.

Chapters Health System and its affiliates (Good Shepherd Hospice, HPH Hospice and LifePath Hospice) announced the retirement of President and Chief Executive Officer Kathy L. Fernandez, BSN, MHA, which will occur on January 4, 2018. Under her visionary leadership, Chapters Health experienced a significant increase in the number of patients under hospice care as well as expanded programs to address the unique needs related to aging, complex medical conditions and end-of-life concerns. The organization has developed into a premier leader in offering post-acute care to the community it serves, which spans the healthcare continuum from home health to palliative care to hospice care.

“After more than two decades working with Chapters Health and its affiliates, this is an emotional and difficult decision, but the right decision for me at this time in my life. I am looking forward to spending more time with my family, particularly my grandchildren,” said Fernandez. “I am proud of what the organization has accomplished and how it has improved the quality of life and increased the access of care for people affected by advancing age or illness.”

Upon her arrival in 1993 at Hospice of Hillsborough, the total number of patients served was approximately 1,900. With her vision on the future, Fernandez was uncompromising in her mission to provide support and care for people in the community with or affected by advanced illness by offering a wide variety of compassionate healthcare services. Today Chapters Health affiliates serve approximately17,000 patients and families across eight counties—Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Highlands, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk.

The following are some of the major accomplishments in which Fernandez played a key role:

  • The organization’s first Joint Commission accreditation survey and subsequent reaccreditations,…

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