Hospice of the Chesapeake recently announced Laurie Harrison of Pasadena has joined the organization as Director for Chesapeake Life Center and the John & Cathy Belcher Institute for Complex Illness Care.
Harrison brings to the nonprofit hospice and palliative care organization a background in health care and philanthropy including three years with major gifts at Anne Arundel Community College and most recently as Executive Director at Meritus Healthcare Foundation, Inc., in Hagerstown, Md., a position she held for five years.
Harrison recognizes the complexity of the dual position she is undertaking by serving as director for the grief counseling and educational programs of the well-established and respected Chesapeake Life Center as well as for the relatively young Belcher Institute.
“Chesapeake Life Center has a tremendous reputation in the community,” Harrison said, adding that she is fortunate to have the support of a staff with decades of experience in their field to guide her. At the same time, Harrison is very excited to be a leader for the Belcher Institute. Part of this new position will be to build on the vision of John and Cathy Belcher to establish the institute, which Hospice of the Chesapeake seeks to make a national leader in the positive and transformational change in the fields of advanced complex illness and end-of-life care.
“Laurie’s experience managing and growing the philanthropic support programs of a regional hospital serving over 200,000 patients a year is a huge asset to our organization,” Hospice of the Chesapeake President and CEO Ben Marcantonio said. “Her passion for serving and expertise as a strategist is exactly what we need to continue to advance Chesapeake Life Center and to establish the Belcher Institute as a premier program.”