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(Annapolis, MD, April 9, 2009) — Hospice of the Chesapeake President and Chief Executive Officer Erwin E. Abrams announces he will be stepping down from his position as head of the nonprofit organization effective January 1, 2010. Abrams joined Hospice of the Chesapeake in 1993, growing the number of patients served from 40 per day to an average of 260. He has dedicated his professional life to bringing awareness of compassionate care options to the community, ensuring that patients and families are honored throughout the dying and grieving process with comfort and dignity.


“It is a privilege to be a part of serving the community of Anne Arundel County, and a source of pride that we have grown and maintained the quality of our patient and family care continuously through this period,” said Erwin E. Abrams.


During his tenure at Hospice of the Chesapeake, Abrams successfully demonstrated that community-based hospices may offer a home-like alternative when caregivers are unable to meet patient needs at home. Because of his pioneering leadership, Hospice of the Chesapeake now proudly operates two hospice residences, the original in Linthicum, Md., and a newer facility in Harwood, Md.


Abrams expanded the services of the nationally-recognized Spiritual & Bereavement Center and was instrumental in the acquisition of the Hospice of Anne Arundel Medical Center. He also extended the geographical bounds of the organization to include being the premier provider of hospice services in Prince George’s County. He expanded the educational outreach for Hospice of the Chesapeake to include elective rotations for medical students and internships for graduate social workers.


“Erwin has been a guiding force in the county for hospice care,” said Stanley J. Klos, Jr., Chairman for the Hospice of the Chesapeake Board of Directors. “His vision is and has always been for the organization to be the premier resource for those facing a life-limiting illness. With Erwin’s announcement, we have convened a Search Committee to identify a successor to lead Hospice of the Chesapeake and build upon the strong foundation which is the legacy of Erwin Abrams.”


Under Abrams leadership, Hospice of the Chesapeake, annual revenue has grown from $1 million in 1993 to $14.5 million in 2009. With his leadership more than $27 million was raised to support the mission of Hospice. He also led efforts to earn and retain full accreditation from the Joint Commission, and Hospice of the Chesapeake joined a small number of non-profits to earn and retain the Maryland Association of Non Profit Organizations’ respected Seal of Excellence.


In addition to being President and CEO, Abrams serves as Executive Director of the Hospice of the Chesapeake Foundation Board of Directors and as a member of the Hospice of the Chesapeake Inc. Board of Directors and the Prince George’s County Advisory Committee. He also serves on the Arthritis Foundation of Southern Maryland Board of Directors and the Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation, and is a member of the Parole (Annapolis) Rotary Club. Abrams is a graduate of Leadership Anne Arundel.


On a professional level, Abrams is the first representative of Hospice of the Chesapeake to serve at a national level as a member of the Public Policy Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and is a member of the Council of States. He also leads hospice providers in Maryland, serving his second term as president of the Hospice and Palliative Care Organization of Maryland. Additionally, he has served as a consultant on governance and hospice leadership and management throughout Maryland and has been the leading spokesperson on hospice and end of life issues to the Maryland General Assembly.


Abrams is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a MBA in Health Care Administration from George Washington University. Prior to coming to Hospice of the Chesapeake, he had direct health care management experience, including hospice, hospitals and multi-facility management. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Health Care Executives and a life member of the American Hospital Association. He resides in Arnold, Md.


Hospice of the Chesapeake’s mission is to improve the quality of life for those in our communities experiencing advanced illness or bereavement through hospice and other palliative care, compassionate support and education. For more information, please contact public relations representative Lori Phelan at 443-837-1554 or [email protected].


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