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Posted August 1, 2019

(Winchester, Virginia) – The Blue Ridge Hospice Board of Directors today announced that Richard Kennedy has assumed the top leadership role for Blue Ridge – as its interim President and Chief Executive Officer.

According to Blue Ridge Hospice Board Chair, Jared Truban, “We are thrilled Richard has agreed to serve as interim CEO to lead and continue the tremendous progress we have made in providing quality end of life care to so many throughout the greater Winchester area. Richard’s strong community connections, his expertise in non-profit leadership, and the executive positions he has held, most recently as CEO of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber, ensures the ongoing vitality and success of Blue Ridge Hospice, while we conduct a search to find the permanent CEO.”

In mid-2019, Kennedy left as CEO of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber to work with various regional non-profit community organizations. Previously, Kennedy was the Fiscal Manager for Apple Country Head Start shortly after re-locating to Virginia from Southern California. During Kennedy’s career, he has held financial positions ranging from CFO to Controller to Financial Analyst in various industries such as Computer Manufacturing, Banking, Retail, Transportation, and Staffing.

Kennedy stated, “I am very grateful to the Blue Ridge Hospice board for instilling their faith and confidence in my leadership and expertise to lead this fabulous and dedicated staff. I also look forward to continuing to serve our community as part of the Blue Ridge Hospice team, and in helping to further our philanthropic growth. As interim CEO, I will be able to ensure a smooth transition once we are able to hire a permanent CEO.”

About Blue Ridge Hospice:

Blue Ridge Hospice is a community, not-for-profit healthcare organization that has been providing hospice care to patients in the Northern Shenandoah Valley since 1979 and is accredited by The Joint Commission. Blue Ridge Hospice operates eight (8) Thrift Shops throughout the greater Winchester area. To learn more about Blue Ridge Hospice services, palliative care, and advance care planning, or to donate please visit www.BRHospice.org, or call 540-313-9200.