Business awards: Week of April 21

April 21, 2014 

Gretchen Brown

Gretchen Brown, Hospice of the Bluegrass president and CEO, received the inaugural Galen Miller Leadership Award from The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization during NHPCO's 29th Annual Management and Leadership Conference held March 27-29 in Washington, D.C. The award was created in memory of NHPCO's executive vice president to honor a leader from the hospice and palliative care community who has worked tirelessly to improve quality, access and care delivery for all people facing serious and life-limiting illness.

Leading one of the early hospices in the United States, Brown was able to expand care and services into 32 Central, southeastern and Northern Kentucky counties. In addition, Hospice of the Bluegrass operates inpatient units in Lexington and Hazard. Hospice serves nearly 700 terminally ill patients and their families each day.

"Not only is Gretchen a longtime hospice veteran — she is a leader in her community, state and on the national level, said NHPCO President and CEO J. Donald Schumacher. "Her program has been at the forefront of palliative care services and serves as a model to the entire hospice community."

Blue & Co.'s Building Leaders Training Program has been awarded first place in the midsize companies category (100-999 employees) at the 2014 Global Leadership Excellence Forum held recently in Colorado. Building Leaders, Blue's advanced leadership program, is an intense 18-month development curriculum created to develop the non-technical skills of Blue's future leaders, specifically targeting managers and senior managers interested in advancing into director positions.

Blue & Co. is an independent accounting and advisory firm with offices in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo

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