Emmanuel Hospice Welcomes New Directors

Categories: People & Places.

Photo L to R: Bryan Cramer and Matthew Schipper.

Emmanuel Hospice, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has welcomed Bryan Cramer and Matthew Schipper to the team as directors of business development and support services, respectively.

As director of business development, Cramer is responsible for the overall development and strategic oversight, leadership and execution of all growth activities for the Grand Rapids-based nonprofit. He will also oversee referral management, admissions and marketing, including community engagement.

Schipper leads all aspects of human resources in his role as director of support services, including recruiting, hiring, retention and employee engagement.

“Bryan’s background in health and hospice care, as well as business development and community relations makes him a strong asset to our leadership team,” said Sara Lowe, executive director of Emmanuel Hospice. “His expertise will be invaluable as we continue to advancement our mission of providing compassionate end-of-life care to our community.

“With Matthew joining Emmanuel Hospice full-time, we’re bringing human resources in-house to help manage our growth. With his rich experience and familiarity with our mission, I’m confident Matthew will continue to support our employees with excellence.”

Cramer brings more than 17 years of experience in the health care industry to the role, having previously worked as regional director of operations, strategic development, business development and community relations for an assisted living community. Cramer also has experience as an intake coordinator and a referral coordinator in the hospice care industry.

Schipper previously worked for St. Ann’s Home as human resources coordinator. In that capacity, he provided support to Emmanuel Hospice, which is St. Ann’s hospice business partner. Schipper also gained human resources experience through his role with the U.S. Navy, among other positions.

Emmanuel Hospice recently completed a move into a new and expanded office space in Grand Rapids at 401 Hall St. SW. Since opening its doors, Emmanuel Hospice has grown to care for more than 100 families a day in the four-county area. Last year, the organization cared for more than 455 patients and an estimated 1,365 caregivers who supported them on their end-of-life journeys.

About Emmanuel Hospice
Emmanuel Hospice is a faith-based nonprofit provider of compassionate, person-centered hospice care to patients and families in West Michigan. Serving the community since 2013, the organization is a collaborative effort of St. Ann’s, Clark, Porter Hills and Sunset designed to complete the continuum by providing end-of-life care to those inside – and outside – the walls of these organizations.