Hospice Announces New Executive Director

Hospice of the North Country is pleased to announce Natalie Whitehurst as its new Executive Director. Whitehurst will assume her duties on July 15. 

“The Board of Directors is pleased and excited to have Natalie become the new leader of Hospice of the North Country,” said Timothy Boshart, Board of Directors President. “We are confident her collaborative leadership style and experience will guide and inspire the team to serve our communities with compassion and skill.”

Whitehurst currently serves as the organization’s Director of Operations, a position she has held since December 2014. Her experience managing the daily operations of the Plattsburgh and Malone locations, as well as her oversite of the quality assurance and compliance program, is a solid foundation for a seamless transition into the role of Executive Director. “I am honored and excited to serve as the Executive Director of Hospice of the North Country,” said Whitehurst. “I am very passionate about our mission and proud of our talented team that provides exceptional care to our patients and their families.”

Whitehurst has experience in process improvement and project and team management. Prior to joining Hospice of the North Country, she was a Project Group Manager at Fujistu Frontech in Plattsburgh. In this position, she was responsible for the management of project coordinators and production schedules. Prior to that, Whitehurst was a Research Scientist at Pfizer Drug Safety Research and Development in Chazy. While in this position, she managed technical staff and laboratory operations.

“I am committed to improving our operational and clinical practices—it is crucial that we reach people earlier in their end of life journey so that they may fully experience the benefits of hospice,” said Whitehurst.

Whitehurst replaces Kent W. Brooks, CHPCA, who served as the organization’s CEO for more than nine years. Brooks will continue his involvement in hospice on a state level as the current Vice Chair of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State (HPCANYS) and as the next Chair beginning in May 2017. “We wish to recognize the significant accomplishments Kent has made during his tenure,” said Boshart. “We are grateful for his service and commitment to the mission of Hospice and we wish him well.”