Cornerstone Hospice Announces Leadership Changes

New CEO and CFO to lead Central Florida organization’s strategy for a growing, competitive market


Tavares, Fla. – Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care ( has named Charles “Chuck” Lee, MA, MBA, as President and Chief Executive Officer. Lee is a veteran in the hospice industry who has led patient care operations, strategic planning, fund raising, business development, and volunteer recruitment at several hospice organizations.


“We are fortunate to welcome Chuck to our leadership team,” commented John Moore, Cornerstone Hospice Board Chairman. “His proven ability to work collaboratively to provide exceptional care while sustaining and expanding programs will benefit the organization as we move into a challenging time for health care providers.”


"I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve the team at Cornerstone Hospice,” Lee said. “Cornerstone has a long tradition of excellence in serving dying persons and their loved ones in Central Florida, and I'm excited to play a part in keeping that tradition strong in the years ahead."


Lee, who most recently has served as Chief Operations Officer at Hospice of Chattanooga in Tennessee, will assume his role at Cornerstone Hospice, which serves seven Central Florida counties, on January 2, 2013. Prior to Chattanooga, Lee served as Sr. Vice President of Operations at Covenant Hospice in Pensacola, Fla., and worked with hospices across the country as a leader with the Studer Covenant Alliance.


“In the coming years, hospice programs – including Cornerstone – will face daunting challenges,” Lee said. “Tighter regulations, changes in reimbursement, and increased competition will demand that Cornerstone enhance the quality of its service delivery, keep costs under control, and find creative new ways to ensure that our caring mission remains intact.”


Cornerstone Hospice has been providing compassionate care for people facing life-limiting illnesses and their families since 1984. In 2011, the agency served 4,281patients, plus thousands more friends and loved ones, and Cornerstone currently serves more than 800 patients each day. Cornerstone’s annual revenue approaches $60 million.


Lee intends to build on that strong foundation.  “While challenges certainly exist, great opportunities lie ahead for Cornerstone,” he said. “More people request hospice care each year, and Cornerstone’s reputation for excellence positions us as the provider of choice for hospice and palliative care across Central Florida. That’s a powerful combination for growth in the years ahead.”


Lee replaces interim CEO Mary Manrique, who has led the organization since February 2012 and who did not pursue the permanent position. Manrique will resume her role as Chief Operations Officer for Cornerstone Hospice.


Additionally, David L. Jones, CPA, MBA has been named Cornerstone Hospice’s Chief Financial Office after serving as interim since January 2012. Jones has more than 23 years experience as a controller or chief financial officer for health care facilities and organizations.


He has led an initiative to re-engineer the organization’s financial reporting, which improved governance and allowed management to better focus on key issues.