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Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care President Martha M. Barton to Retire

01/12/17 at 05:51 PM | Published Under News by Robin Whitten

NEWS RELEASE  -  January 12, 2017

Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care President Martha M. Barton to Retire

(Colorado Springs, CO)  Martha M. Barton, President of Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care announced today that she will retire from her position June 1, 2017, after 30 years at the helm of the organization. Barton will also step down from her position as President and CEO of Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation.

Founded in 1980, Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care is the largest and only not-for-profit hospice and palliative care provider in El Paso County. Barton says, “Over more than three decades, it has been an honor and privilege to care for more than 150,000 patients and families experiencing the last phase of life.”

During Barton’s tenure the organization has seen dramatic growth. It provides outpatient hospice services in patients’ homes and extended care facilities throughout the county and also delivers care at the 16-bed Pikes Peak Hospice Unit at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs. The inpatient unit is licensed and operated by Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care independent of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.

Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care services also include a robust palliative care and consultation program, its own pharmacy providing specialized pharmaceutical care for its patients, and comprehensive grief support for adults and children. The organization also participates at the highest level in We Honor Veterans, a national program jointly developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“This work has truly been the journey of a lifetime,” says Barton. “I firmly believe that this is the right time for a new president to lead our organization. Our distinctive programs of care put us in a position to continue to lead and focus on the future of end-of-life care in our community, and Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation will continue to assure that generous gifted dollars remain in our community to support current and new programs.”

Barton says that experienced executive leaders are in place at Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care and Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation, noting that she is confident that both organizations will hold fast to goals of excellence. Barton also expressed her pride that Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care is an affiliate of Care Synergy, the region’s only end-of-life network providing mission support services for not-for-profit, community-based hospice and palliative care affiliate organizations serving Colorado’s Front Range.

“I want to thank Martha for her extraordinary service to Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, the Colorado Springs community, and Care Synergy,” says Tim Bowen, President and CEO of Care Synergy. “Her distinguished career has enhanced and expanded end-of-life care throughout El Paso County. I know that Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care will continue her legacy of providing exemplary care, comfort and compassion for those facing life-limiting illness.”

As a hospice advocate and leader, Barton has served as an officer and director on the board of directors of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the Colorado Hospice Organization, the Colorado Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, and the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of the Rockies.

Barton’s involvement in the Colorado Springs community has included service as a member of the Medical Ethics Committees of both Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and Memorial Health System (now UCHealth-Memorial), the Mayor’s 2001 Blue Ribbon Commission on Governance/Ownership of Memorial Hospital, the 2010 Citizen’s Commission on Ownership and Governance of Memorial Health System, and the Board of Directors of Innovations in Aging.

“Martha Barton has been an incredible leader for Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care throughout its many years of service to the community,” said Douglas M. Flinn, Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care Board Chair. “She is universally loved and respected not just in Colorado, but around the country. Her passion for excellence in hospice and palliative care has inspired countless colleagues, employees, and volunteers. As she transitions to new opportunities, Martha leaves behind an organization and a culture which are second to none, and will continue to serve our community for decades to come.”

The Furst Group, an executive search firm with deep expertise in the hospice industry, will conduct a regional and national search and assist the organizations’ executive search committee in the recruitment and selection of the next president.

Please contact Robin Whitten, Vice President of Communications, Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care at 719-633-3400 or rwhitten@pikespeakhospice.org with questions.

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