Hope Hospice hires Hansen as new CEO

Health care exec succeeds Boehm, who retired last month

The Hope Hospice Board of Directors has welcomed back Bay Area health care executive Jennifer Hansen into the nonprofit's leadership team, this time as its new CEO.

Hansen takes over for Bob Boehm, who retired at the end of September after more than three years leading the Dublin-based hospice and home health care organization.

"Among the highly qualified candidates we considered, we found Jennifer to be the best suited person to lead our organization into the future," Hope Hospice board president Craig Eicher said in a statement Monday.

"She has much knowledge and demonstrated successes in the hospice and home health fields, and we are confident that she will ensure that we maintain our high level of compassionate, quality care," Eicher added.

Hansen has more than 20 years of nursing and healthcare business development experience in the Bay Area, including three years with Hope Hospice.

Most recently, she worked as general manager of Comfort Keepers, a Sodexo company located in Walnut Creek. There, she provided leadership, had been responsible for managing daily operations and had complete oversight of a corporate-owned research and development location, Hope Hospice officials said.

Prior to that, she was a leader within the Hope Hospice organization from 2014-17, when she and her team focused on building relationships with the nonprofit's partners and enhanced responsiveness to patient and family needs, officials said.

From 2006-14, Hansen worked for Kindred Health Care where she provided patient care and led her team in business development. She successfully negotiated contracts with major hospitals in the Bay Area while with Kindred, officials said. She also worked for HR/Manor Care as a manager of market development, managing a sales team to develop business growth for skilled nursing and post-hospitalization care.

"I'm honored to have been chosen as the CEO of Hope Hospice and Home Health, where my heart has always been," Hansen said. "This is such as wonderful organization and I knew I would return here someday. I am fully committed to serving our community and fulfilling our mission to provide comfort, support and guidance to those who need our help."

Hansen takes the reins from Boehm, who started as interim CEO in May 2015, and then became permanent CEO that December, after previously serving on the nonprofit's Board of Directors.

During his tenure, he brought strong and visionary leadership to Hope, and helped position the agency as a leader in hospice and home health services in the Tri-Valley community, officials said. Boehm will remain on-board in a consultative role with the organization during the transition.

"On behalf of the board, I want to thank Bob for his many years of guidance and leadership," Eicher said. "At the same time we warmly welcome Jennifer back to Hope as she leads our organization into a bright future."

Founded nearly 40 years ago, Hope Hospice provides hospice care and home health care as well as bereavement services and community education for families in the Tri-Valley and surrounding communities.

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