High Peaks Hospice names new CEO

— The Board of Directors of High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. Board of Directors has appointed TylaAnn Burger as the organization’s new executive director.

She replaces Shawn Galbreath in the post.

Board president Fred Oberst said that Burger has broad experience in hospice care, having founded a hospice, and tallying years of work as a hospice clinical director.

He added that Burger is one of few certified Hospice and Palliative Care administrators in the U.S.

“TylaAnn brings a wealth of knowledge about and a deep commitment to hospice, as well as compassion for our patients, staff and volunteers,” he said.

After a career in nursing, Burger served in a senior leadership role in a 42-bed inpatient hospice facility for persons with end-stage AIDS. She also founded a hospice to care for the underserved inner-city patients.

She’s also worked as an adjunct instructor on Aging and Death at Widener University. In 2001 she authored the pain and symptom management chapter of a new textbook, Nursing in End-of-Life Care.

Hospice is designed to give supportive care to people in the final phase of a terminal illness and focus on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure.

Hospice programs generally are home-based, but they sometimes provide services away from home — in nursing homes or in hospitals.

For details on hospice services, call 743-1672 or see: www.highpeakshospice.com.

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