Banach will succeed J. Donald Schumacher, PsyD, who has led the organization since 2002.
Banach, currently, is a partner in the firm of Gallagher, Evelius & Jones in Baltimore, MD. He previously was the Deputy Director of the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Associate General Counsel at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Prior to that, Banach was the General Counsel at the Medicare Rights Center.
Banach holds a B.A. from Binghamton University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to attending law school Banach worked for the New York City Department of Homeless Services and Mayor’s Office of Operations.
“With the aging of the Baby-Boomers, our nation is experiencing an increase in the need for hospice and palliative care services. What began fifty years ago as a grassroots movement to better care for the dying is now an integral part of the U.S. healthcare landscape and the expansion of community-based palliative care services provides further opportunities to ensure we are providing the best possible care for those facing serious and life-limiting illness,” said Banach
“Hospice in the 21st Century must combine the core hospice philosophy with a laser-like focus on quality and access to care. Hospice and palliative care must always be focused on patient and caregiver needs, and must be compliant with all federal and state laws and rules. I am honored to join NHPCO at this important time, and look forward to working with NHPCO and its partners on building a better, fairer and more accessible healthcare system,” Banach remarked.
The selection of Banach as NHPCO’s new president and CEO caps a thorough and year-long search process utilizing a nationally recognized recruitment firm.
“I am delighted that Edo Banach will be joining NHPCO and our family of organizations to lead us into the future. He has the experience and insight from which our entire community will certainly benefit,” said Linda Rock, chair of the search committee and NHPCO board chair during the period of the search. “Over the past several months, we have worked to identify the best candidate and I thank all the members of the search committee and board of directors for their dedication to this important task.”
NHPCO reports that an estimated 1.6 million Americans receive care from the nation’s hospice providers every year.
Those interested in learning more about hospice and palliative care through videos, blogs and photos are encouraged to visit NHPCO’s Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice website at www.MomentsofLife.org.
This article originally appeared on the US edition of ehospice.