Interim Cornerstone Hospice President & CEO Announced
Interim Cornerstone Hospice President & CEO Announced February 12, 2012       Mary Manrique Interim President & CEO   Ed Clement, Chairman of the Board Directors for Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., announced the appointment of Mary Manrique, BSN, MA as interim president and CEO for the not-for-profit organization.  “With over 30 years of hospice experience and 12 years at Cornerstone,” Clement stated, “Mary was the logical choice to provide leadership and continuity during this time of transition; we are so fortunate to have someone with her skills and knowledge within our organization.  In addition, Manrique has been a prior president and CEO of hospices along with three experiences in fulfilling an interim position. Additionally, she has expertise in organizational psychology, with a wealth of knowledge in organizational development and growth.”    Retiring CEO Pat Lehotsky was delighted to learn of this appointment.  “Mary’s work with Cornerstone as VP Patient/Family Services/Chief Operating Officer where she has been responsible for the development and management of all clinical operations that included such activities as establishing the Marketing and Access Department, developing, planning & implementing hospice houses, developing the award-winning “Tuck-In” and Life Enrichment programs as well as writing CON’s (Certificates of Need) to permit Cornerstone’s growth into Orange, Osceola, Polk, Hardee, Highlands counties,” reports Lehotsky.  “We couldn’t have accomplished this and so much more without her.  I have every confidence that Mary’s leadership will allow the organization to meet today’s healthcare challenges and plan for the future.”   Transition and change is always challenging but a constant reality.  In accepting, Manrique said, “I’m honored to have been entrusted with this position and appreciate the support I’ve been receiving from everyone.  Each and every one at Cornerstone is so important to our mission of providing the very best in end-of-life care to patients and families.  Together with the staff and the support of the communities we serve, we will continue to provide leadership and excellence in hospice and palliative care.”