Hospice Care Professional Receives Industry Award

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DETROIT — Hospice of Michigan’s executive emeritus Dottie Deremo was awarded the 2014 Leadership and Innovation Award from the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Michigan.

The award recognizes individuals and organizations that raise the bar in setting a new standard for hospice, palliative care and advance care planning service delivery in Michigan.

During Deremo’s tenure as president and CEO of Hospice of Michigan, she successfully led the integration of 10 small and independent hospice organizations into one statewide hospice with national influence. Under her direction and leadership, HOM created its own innovation, research and education center, The Hospice of Michigan Institute, allowing the organization to develop innovative patient care models, conduct groundbreaking research in end-of-life care, provide continuing education and certification programs for its own staff and other hospice organizations, and enhance quality of life at the end of life.

After 15 years, Deremo retired from her role as president and CEO in 2013. She currently serves as executive emeritus.

Prior to joining HOM, Deremo, of Farmington Hills, served as vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Henry Ford Health System.  She has held several executive positions at the Detroit Medical Center and has been an assistant professor at both Michigan State University and Wayne State University during her 45-year health care career.

Recognized nationally and internationally for her expertise on end-of-life matters, Deremo is an international consultant, invited speaker at conferences worldwide, author of numerous articles, and a contributing author to several health care books.

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