Catherine Y. Hamel

Catherine Y. Hamel 
Executive Director

Cathy Hamel has over 20 years executive experience in healthcare management from small physician practice management to Fortune 500 business development and operations responsibilities, including acquisition and development activities. She held executive positions at NeighborCare At Home, Severn Healthcare, Inc., Columbia Healthcare Corporation and TeamCare.  At Columbia HealthCare Corporation she participated on a team that submitted an application and subsequent survey for the Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award for Healthcare.  Ms. Hamel was directly responsible for the Information Management survey responses.  Ms. Hamel has been with the Gilchrist Hospice Care since August of 2008 and started as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer.  Ms. Hamel was promoted to the Executive Director in November 2009.  Ms. Hamel was appointed to the position of Vice-President of Post Acute Services, GBMC Healthcare, in July 2011.  Ms. Hamel serves on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Hospice and Palliative Care Network of Maryland and the Foundation for Hospice in sub-Saharan Africa, (FHSSA) a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.    



Jen Avery
Director of Quality, Patient Safety & Staff Development

Jennifer Avery joined Gilchrist Services in 2015.  Jen has over 11 years of healthcare quality and performance improvement experience with expertise in value-based purchasing activities improvement.  She and her team are accountable for; the measurement of key care metrics and subsequent improvement activities, the decrease of preventable harm events, the orientation and education of staff, and continued advancement in the level of care provided.


Wayne Barth 
Sr. Director of Business Operations

Wayne Barth has over 20 years of finance experience in a health services organization. He joined Gilchrist Hospice Care in December of 2007 as Controller and last year was promoted to Senior Director of Business Operations. Wayne has been responsible for all financial aspects of a complex health care provider of rehabilitation services in long term care. He has extensive knowledge of financial systems and experience in evaluating operations to ensure efficiency. His prior positions include Controller, Vice President of Accounting and Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis at Symphony Health Services, LLC. Wayne is on the Board as the Treasurer of Hospice and Palliative Care Network of Maryland.  He is a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.  


Gail Blackburn, RN
Associate Director of Clinical Operations, Home Care & Facility Based Care



Ted Blankenship 
Director of Development, Gilchrist Center Baltimore-Joseph Richey House

Ted Blankenship joined Gilchrist in July, 2015 as the Development Director for Gilchrist Center Baltimore – Joseph Richey House.  Ted has worked in Baltimore City nonprofits for the last 25 years and served as the Director of Development for Moveable Feast for the past 10 years.  He has done extensive fundraising work in major gifts, special events, annual fund, corporate/foundation gifts and a capital campaign, in addition to work in marketing and sales.  Ted also serves on the nonprofit board of Reading Partners, a city-based tutoring program.


 Anne Evans, Director of Business Development, Gilchrsit Hospice Care

Anne Evans
Interim Sr. Director of Access and Innovations

Anne Evans joined Gilchrist in September 2012.  She oversees all patient access areas of the organization and is responsible for the development and implementation of innovative programs and services for the organization.  Anne brings expertise in sales and managed care contracting which she gained through 25 years of experience in the post-acute provider arena.  She also serves as member of the Advisory Board for the Towson University health care management program.  


Catherine Frome, RN
Associate Director of Clinical Operations - Inpatient


Leana Hoover
Director of Geriatric Services, Administrator, GBMC TCU-Unit 54

Leana Hoover, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, has 25 years of experience in health care.  With a background in nursing, she has spent 15 years in the long term care industry where she developed her interest in providing care to the geriatric population.  During her work in skilled nursing facilities, she served in the capacity of Director of Nursing and then progressed to Nursing Home Administrator.  She is an active member of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland and currently serves on the board working with other health care providers serving the geriatric community. 


Jamie Lynch
Director of Development, Gilchrist Hospice Care


Lori Mulligan

Lori D. Mulligan
Sr. Director of Development, Marketing & Community Services

Lori has been involved in development and marketing for healthcare organizations for the past 30 years.  Since 1994, she has served as Director of Development and Marketing for Gilchrist Hospice Care.  Lori has extensive background in major gifts, capital campaigns, annual giving, direct mail and special events.  She also has experience in Public Relations and Media Campaigns.  She is a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and the Chesapeake Planned Giving Council and serves on the Board of Directors of St. Ignatius Loyola Academy.



Michele Sullivan, RN
Sr. Director of Clinical Operations

Michele Sullivan has over 25 years of healthcare experience.  She previously worked for Erickson Retirement Communities as the Director of Operations responsible for all aspects of start up for their assisted living and long term care facilities.  (1997-2009)  She came to Gilchrist Hospice Care in 2009 as the Associate Clinical Director for Inpatient Services which has expanded by 40 beds and two new locations during her tenure, including the Joseph Richey House integration.  Her current role is as the Senior Director of Clinical Operations with oversight of home care, facility based care and the inpatient units.

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