Furst Group Recruits Hospice President

August 9, 2016 – Executive search firm Furst Group has recruited Gayle Mattson as president of Haven Hospice and Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys (VNA/HFK). Ms. Mattson will have overall responsibility for the development and execution of the strategic, operational and clinical programs and services provided to the patients and families served by Haven Hospice and VNA/HFK.

“Gayle is a seasoned healthcare executive who brings a wealth of innovative hospice, palliative and home healthcare experience to this important leadership role,” said Mike Gallagher, president and CEO of SantaFe HealthCare. “She has proven competencies in end-of-life program innovations, talent development, and in engaging internal and external stakeholders, which will be incredible assets as she leads the future development and expansion of hospice, palliative and home health initiatives in our 19-county service area.”

Ms. Mattson brings 30 years of accomplishments in clinical and healthcare operations, including hospital, home care, hospice and palliative care experience. She began her career as a registered nurse at Allina Health – Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. From 1983 to 2011, Ms. Mattson garnered experience and grew her career inside of Allina Heath in various hospital and clinical settings from manager of inpatient services, vice president of patient care services to interim president and then president. She also served as chief operating officer for Lifesprk (Age Well) Homecare and president of a Level 1 Trauma Center in Minnesota. Most recently, Ms. Mattson was serving as the COO of Pathways Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty in Sunnyvale, California.

“Haven, VNA/HFK and SantaFe HealthCare’s team members have such a high commitment to service, and they are talented and smart. I am going to enjoy learning from and engaging with them,” said Ms. Mattson.


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Headquartered in Chicago, Furst Group focuses exclusively on the healthcare and life sciences sector. The firm is led by co-founders Bob Clarke, CEO, and Sherrie Barch, president.

The firm has completed a number of senior level search assignments throughout the sector, including at El Rio Community Health Center, Primary Care Progress, University Health System, Prevea Health, and Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care. Earlier this year, Furst Group placed Paulette Davidson as chief operating officer of integrated healthcare system Regional Health in Rapid City and Ceci Connolly as president and CEO of Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP).

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fieldsThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that healthcare employers added 43,000 new jobs in July, with gains in ambulatory healthcare services (+19,000), hospitals (+17,000), and nursing and residential care facilities (+7,000). Over the past 12 months, healthcare has added 477,000 jobs

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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