Liz Fowler, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bluegrass Care Navigators, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). NHPCO is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the agency’s board is comprised of members from across the nation, representing both rural and urban providers with a goal of advancing person-centered care to those dealing with or at risk of serious illness.
“Being nominated and elected to the national organization’s board of directors is recognition of the innovation and superior care Bluegrass Care Navigators provides to individuals and their families in Kentucky. I look forward to contributing to the advocacy and quality efforts that will improve care for the seriously ill across the country” Fowler said. “As hospice providers, our strength in improving care is in our numbers; the way we advocate for common goals and help each other achieve success so that every person who needs it has access to high-quality care.”
Fowler joined Bluegrass Care Navigators in 2014 and brings more than 30 years of experience in providing leadership and innovation to health care and nonprofit organizations. Under her leadership, the agency – previously Hospice of the Bluegrass – rebranded to better encompass the growing services provided in addition to hospice care. The organization is a nationally recognized provider of post-acute care, including hospice, palliative medicine, transitional care, case management, private duty nursing, adult day health and grief and bereavement services.
Fowler previously served as a member of NHPCO’s public policy committee and she is the President of the Kentucky Association of Hospice and Palliative Care (KAHPC). In addition, Fowler is a faculty member for the Center to Advance Palliative Care’s Palliative Care Leadership Center and an advisory committee member for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
“NHPCO thanks all the new and existing board members for their dedicated service on behalf of our nation’s hospice and palliative care provider community as well as the millions of patients and family caregivers that benefit from the care that our diverse membership provides,” said Edo Banach, president and CEO of NHPCO.
Fowler’s term runs through 2021 and she will begin her role at the organization’s January meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.