Hospice names new CEO

Published Jan 30, 2018 at 4:00pm

NEW HARTFORD — Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. has appointed Shannon Cayea as its new chief executive officer.

Cayea was named to the position following a competitive recruitment process, according to an announcement by the organization. She was most recently the CEO at Elderwood at Wheatfield in Niagara County. 

She will replace Ann Tonzi as the CEO.

“Shannon is an experienced administrator with a breadth of health care experience,” said HPCI Board President Rudolph von Bernuth.  “Her years of experience in health care and her ability to lead an organization will enhance Hospice’s position within our health care community and at the state level.”

Cayea holds a master’s of science degree in public health administration from the New School University in Manhattan, and a bachelor’s of science degree in geriatric psychology from the State University of New York College at Brockport. She is a licensed nursing home administrator and has served as a nursing home administrator and as an executive leader at several health care facilities throughout the state.

HPCI has been providing quality, compassionate end-of-life care to residents of Oneida, Herkimer and Eastern Madison counties since 1977.  For 40 years Hospice has supported those in the community with life-limiting illnesses and their families with quality, compassionate end-of-life care.

In 2016 Hospice & Palliative Care served 867 patients and their families in their own homes, the Hospice Siegenthaler Center, hospitals, nursing homes and other home-like residences.  For more information about hospice, call 315-735-6484 or view their website at www.hospicecareinc.org.