NHPCO and the Hospice Action Network are happy to announce that we have a new Vice President of Public Policy, Sharon Scribner Pearce! Sharon is a much-anticipated and welcome addition to our team, and we hope you will all make her feel welcome to the larger movement! I asked her to please introduce herself to you all with a short message:
Greetings Hospice Action Network! I just wanted to take a minute to introduce myself. I joined NHPCO on Monday as the new VP for Public Policy (i.e., the new Angie Truesdale). I come to NHPCO with almost 20 years of health policy experience, most recently as VP of Advocacy for the National PACE Association. I also spent about 6 years on Capitol Hill, 5 years as a hired-gun lobbyist at a large K Street firm, and 3.5 years at Girl Scouts of the USA. So I know health care, politics, trade associations and Girl Scout cookies pretty well.
That said, I still have a lot to learn about how things work in the hospice universe, and will be looking to you all – the folks at the front line of the hospice movement – to better understand how regulations and policies affect your ability to serve patients, what threats and challenges are keeping you up at night, and how you think policy change can improve your ability to deliver care. I’ll be in at the Clinical Team Conference in Grapevine, TX in a couple of weeks, so if you’re planning to attend CTC, track me down there. Alternatively, shoot me an email and we can set up a time to connect on the phone. I look forward to working with you all!
-Sharon Scribner Pearce, VP Public Policy