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Laura Hurt, a longtime Columbus Regional Hospital and community leader, has been chosen as the next president of Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.
She will replace Sandy Carmichael, who is retiring after serving the organization for 33 years.
Hurt, who will begin her new role in about six weeks, most recently served as director of volunteer services and diversity strategy at CRH. She coordinated the activities of 225 volunteers and the hospital gift shop. She also was responsible for developing and implementing diversity strategies to better serve patients, employees and the community.
Hurt, 57, said she is looking forward to working with the organization, which continues to fill a growing need.
Our Hospice provides services in 15 counties from its three offices:
The in-patient center at 2626 E. 17th St., Columbus.
Our Hospice of Jennings County in North Vernon.
Our Hospice of Decatur/Shelby in Greensburg.
The community-based, nonprofit organization has more than 140 employees and 250 community volunteers.
“Our Hospice is such a treasure in our communities, I am deeply honored to be following in the footsteps of such legacy (in Carmichael) and continue the tradition of excellence in care to patients and families,” she said.
Hurt added that continuing to provide quality patient care, the hallmark of the organization, is foremost on her mind as she begins her job.
She also understands that she will have to sort through the many impacts brought on by the national Affordable Care Act to determine how it affects Our Hospice, the patients and families.
“At this time of important changes in health care, I am happy to be a part of what the future of Our Hospice will be,” Hurt said.
The Our Hospice board of directors, which selected Hurt, said she will bring clinical and management experience to her new role.
“Laura brings a wealth of community knowledge to Our Hospice with her various board duties in and around Bartholomew County such as Heritage Fund, Su Casa and Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation,” Tom Dowd, president of board of directors, said in a media release. “Laura’s expertise in clinical services will be an additional asset in her new role as president of Our Hospice.”
Hurt received undergraduate degrees in general studies and nursing from Indiana University.
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