Hospice of the Western Reserve President and CEO Honored with Outstanding Achievement Award

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Bill Finn, President and CEO of Hospice of the Western Reserve and its parent organization, Western Reserve Care Solutions, was recently honored with an Outstanding Achievement Award from the State University of New York at Fredonia’s Alumni Association. Nominated by Alumni Board President Dr. Greg Gibbs, Finn is one of two recipients, along with the Honorable William Kemsey Taylor, New York State Supreme Court Judge.

Finn is a member of the Class of 1983 at SUNY Fredonia, with Bachelor’s degrees in the dual majors of Business Administration and Psychology. He earned his MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has been certified in Hospice and Palliative Care Administration.

He has devoted his entire career – more than three decades – to leadership roles in the hospice and palliative care field. Prior to taking the helm at Hospice of the Western Reserve, headquartered in Cleveland, he spent over two decades with the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Buffalo, New York, where he became President and CEO in 2002.

At Hospice of the Western Reserve, Finn provides the leadership, strategic planning and innovative direction for Northern Ohio’s largest hospice and palliative care organization, serving patients and their families across nine counties. The nonprofit agency cares for an average of 1,200 hospice adult and pediatric patients and their families on any given day. In addition, its Western Reserve Navigator program provides community-based palliative care to patients who are more upstream in their serious illness. The program earned a national Circle of Life award in 2019 from the American Hospital Association.

In addition to his administrative and strategic planning responsibilities, Finn plays an active role in shaping policy and advocating for hospice and palliative care at the national level. He is on the Executive Committee of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation, a think tank for national innovation leadership in hospice and palliative care, and a former board chair of the National Hospice Work Group. He served on the LeadingAge Ohio board of directors, and executive committee. He was twice chair of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State and served on the Board of Trustees for 21 years.

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