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Quick Question: What is the Operations Council?

Posted on August 12th, 2021

Short Answer: The Operations Council is made up of four members who volunteer their time to provide oversight and direction to Hospice of the Northwest.

Jonathan Lyons

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Carol Hawk

Hospice of the Northwest was known as Skagit Hospice Services when it started in 1984. Skagit Hospice was officially formed as a Limited Liability Company (LLC) with services in Skagit, Island, San Juan, and Snohomish counties.

In 2003, Public Hospital District #1, now known as Skagit Regional Health, and Public Hospital District #304 entered into an operating agreement to jointly support the hospice service. They renamed the organization Hospice of the Northwest and continue to jointly operate the organization today.

Danny Vera

The operating agreement for Hospice of the Northwest defines the LLC’s members as the Commissioners of the two hospital districts, as well as their Superintendent or Chief Executive Officer. To ensure adequate representation of these members in operational decisions for Hospice of the Northwest, the Superintendent of each hospital district assigns two senior administrators to sit on an Operations Council.

These four Operations Council members volunteer their time to ensure Hospice of the Northwest runs smoothly, efficiently, and sustainably. They meet monthly to review the financial health and quality metrics for Hospice of the Northwest, as well as to discuss operational opportunities and new initiatives.

Ted Brockmann

The Hospice of the Northwest Foundation was founded in 2001 and is a separate 501(c)3 organization governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.

Board Members

Jonathan Lyons – Council President
Carol Hawk – Council Vice-President
Danny Vera – Council Member
Ted Brockmann – Council Member

About Hospice of the Northwest

We are a skilled, caring, and compassionate team of doctors, nurses, social workers, spiritual counselors, aides, volunteers and generous community donors. Together we provide patient-centered care for people facing serious illness. We’ve been serving the residents of Island, San Juan, Skagit and Snohomish Counties since 1989 and want to know how we can support you or your loved one.

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