Catherine Y. Hamel has served as Vice President of Post Acute Services, GBMC HealthCare, and Executive Director of Gilchrist Hospice Care, since July 2011. Hamel also serves as a member of the GBMC HealthCare Executive Team.
In this newly-created role, Cathy will be responsible for the development, oversight, and management of the GBMC HealthCare enterprise-wide post acute network including Gilchrist Hospice Care, Maryland's largest hospice organization. Additionally, Hamel will oversee the organization's redesign work aimed at making care more coordinated through the eyes of the patient and provide administrative oversight for the Gilchrist Greater Living practices and the care management department.
A proven leader in operations management, Cathy joined GBMC's Gilchrist Hospice Care as Chief Operating Officer in 2008 and was named its Executive Director in late 2009. She has more than 20 years experience in healthcare management in businesses ranging from small physician practices to Fortune 500 companies
With Gilchrist Hospice Care, Hamel was responsible for a $35 million, 286 FTE employee hospice operation providing primarily facility and home-based care for an active patient census of more than 550 patients daily. Hamel also managed a geriatric and palliative medicine practice, and led development and opening efforts for a pediatric hospice program, Gilchrist Kids.
Hamel earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Temple University, earning summa cum laude honors. She is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Hospice Alliance, Maryland Hospice Network and Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa.