Hospice of the Chesapeake CEO Departs for NHPCO Post

Hospice of the Chesapeake President and CEO Ben Marcantonio will leave that organization effective Sept. 25 and will become chief operating officer for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

Macantonio began at Hospice of the Chesapeake in 2013 as the agency’s chief operating officer and took the helm as CEO in 2015. He was previously chief administrative officer at San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine.

“Ben has been a guiding force and a strong advocate for Hospice of the Chesapeake. We are grateful for his commitment and dedication to our mission since joining our team in 2013 and his focus on the expansion of care provided by the organization,” said Brian Gibbons, Chairman of the Hospice of the Chesapeake Board of Directors. “Ben has worked tirelessly during his tenure as CEO and the organization has reach many milestones including caring for more than 550 hospice patients per day in mid-2020, the construction and opening of the Rebecca Fortney Inpatient Care Center in 2015 and the Hussman Outpatient Supportive Care Center in 2018.”

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The hospice’s board has appointed Chief Financial Officer Michael Brady to serve as the interim president and CEO when Marcantonio leaves in September. Brady came to the hospice from the National Lutheran Communities and Services in 2017, where he also served as CFO.  National Lutheran is the parent organization of three non-profit faith-based senior care communities and two home health and home care agencies.

CFO Michael Brady will serve as interim CEO of Hospice of the Chesapeake.

In his new role at NHPCO, Marcantonio will provide overall operational direction for the hospice advocacy group, as well as direct several functional areas. He will also lead the National Hospice Foundation, NHPCO’s fundraising affiliate.

“I am looking forward to joining NHPCO to advance person-centered health care and to promote quality of life for those living with serious illness or facing the end of life. I am excited about being a part of a team that has been dedicated to supporting programs across the country in this endeavor over many decades,” said Marcantonio.

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