Hospice announces retirement of CEO

WATERTOWN, NY — Hospice of Jefferson County’s Board of Directors announces the retirement of Hospice Chief Executive Officer, Diana Woodhouse, Ph.D., RN. After ten years of service, Ms. Woodhouse shared her decision to retire with the Hospice Board and Hospice Foundation Board, stating a departure date of March 31, 2023.

“Diana’s unflagging passion for the Hospice mission has ensured that our community has access to the highest quality end-of-life care, both in their own homes and at the Ellis Farm Residence,” stated Maureen Cean, President, Hospice Board of Directors. “Diana has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization. The Hospice Board of Directors thanks her for the ten years of dedicated service, which included many significant accomplishments.”

 “Diana Woodhouse has served Hospice of Jefferson County and our North Country community with passion, extraordinary dedication, energy, and expertise for the past ten years. Diana’s service to the people of our community cannot be understated; her leadership and experience will be sorely missed,” said Emily Sprague, President, Hospice Foundation Board of Directors, “ The Hospice Foundation is deeply grateful to Diana for leading Hospice to its current expert level of service and success. Diana has worked tirelessly to complete the Residence expansion, which will only enhance our services and care to our North Country community. It is a beautiful legacy to leave behind as she enters a well-earned retirement.”

“It is with both joy and sadness that I have decided to retire. I have been taking care of patients, families, and communities for over 50 years, 10 of which have been as the CEO of Hospice of Jefferson County,” said Diana Woodhouse, CEO of Hospice of Jefferson County. “This position has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my career. I will miss the wonderful staff and the meaningful work this organization accomplishes every day. The upcoming completion of the expansion, however, heralds the next phase of my life. It is now time for me to spend more time with my husband and family. We have many exciting things yet to do.”

The search for Ms. Woodhouse’s replacement has commenced, led by both presidents of the Board of Directors and the appointed executive search committee. Although not an easy task, the Hospice boards expressed confidence in moving forward to secure a successor for Ms. Woodhouse. However, she will most certainly be missed. More information will be forthcoming over the next few months.