Cornerstone Hospice Names Deborah Harley Executive Director
     Date: Friday, April 29, 2011                                                                                        Contact: Manny P. Hernandez                 Manager, Public Information   Deborah J. Harley, MSW, Cornerstone Hospice Executive Director for Polk, Highlands and Hardee Counties   WINTER HAVEN – Deborah J. Harley MSW, has been appointed as the Executive Director for the Polk, Highlands and Hardee County region serviced by Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care, announced Pat Lehotsky, President and CEO of the central Florida community-based nonprofit organization.   During the past year Deborah Harley has been overseeing the implementation of the Cornerstone SALUTES!  program which awards patients who are veterans of the armed forces with a pin and a certificate to honor their sacrifice on behalf of our nation.  She also implemented Sacred Spaces, a program where our staff creates sacred surroundings for our patients through use of our senses and spirituality.  When asked what are her goals and aspirations at Cornerstone Hospice, Ms. Harley replied, "My intention is to have us not only keep our position of leadership, but also to make us the best Hospice in our three-county region!  I'm eagerly looking forward to meeting with our various communities to learn about the needs of our neighbors."   Ms. Harley came to Cornerstone Hospice after serving as Chief Operating Officer at Mercy Care of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Her 25-year Hospice career includes executive leadership in four other hospices in Florida, including Daytona Beach where she served as Executive Director of Hospice of Volusia/Flagler.    Ms. Harley has a Masters of Science in Social Services Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, and a BS in Social Work from Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. She lives in Lakeland and has two married daughters.   Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care, a not-for-profit community-based healthcare organization, has provided care and services since 1984 to central Florida patients and families experiencing life-limiting illnesses.  To learn more, call (352) 343-1341 or toll-free (888) 728-6234 or visit