Hospice of the Bluegrass names new president & CEO

Elizabeth Fowler
Elizabeth Fowler

LEXINGTON  — Elizabeth (Liz) Durst Fowler, MPH has been named President & CEO of Hospice of the Bluegrass.  Fowler replaces Gretchen Brown who retired after 32 years.

Fowler has more than 30 years’ experience in health care and non-profit administration.  Prior to coming to Hospice of the Bluegrass, Fowler was with Hope Healthcare Services, a provider of post-acute healthcare services, including hospice, palliative care, PACE, home health, private duty nursing, adult day health and long-term care diversion services in Southwest Florida.  She served in several positions at Hope Healthcare including Chief of Hospice Services and Chief of Quality and Compliance. Fowler’s background also includes hospital administration and leadership of a community-based arts organization.

“On behalf of the board of directors, I am very excited to welcome Liz Fowler to Lexington as the new CEO of Hospice of the Bluegrass,” said Hospice Board Chair Mark Nabity. “Liz has a great appreciation of the organization’s past and a well-based vision of where we need to go in the future. She brought significant energy and change to the organization’s she has worked with in the past and I am confident she will provide great leadership as we move forward to build upon the strong organizational foundation laid during Gretchen Brown’s tenure as CEO.”

Fowler grew up in the Philadelphia area and the rural Appalachia region of western Maryland. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also obtained a Certificate in Gerontology while at Syracuse.  Always active in her community, Fowler has been a board member, advisory board member and officer of numerous organizations including The Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce, Florida Gulf Coast University, The Sanibel School Fund, The Sanibel School Advisory Committee and Barrier Island Group for the Arts.

“It is an honor to join an organization with a strong legacy and a promising future.  I look forward to embracing the special qualities of Hospice of the Bluegrass that has enabled the organization to be recognized as one of the finest hospice and palliative care programs in the country,” said Fowler.  “I’m committed to ensuring we will be a dynamic and progressive provider of care and services in each of the communities we serve for many years to come.  Healthcare is changing, as well as the needs of our communities.  I want to assure that the residents in the 32 counties we serve have the care they need when they are seriously ill.  We will need to partner with many organizations and healthcare providers to do this in an affordable way.”