LARKSPUR --  Kitty Whitaker was appointed Hospice by the Bay’s new CEO by the nonprofit’s board of directors earlier this month, succeeding former CEO Sandra Lew.

Ms. Whitaker has been with Hospice by the Bay -- the second oldest hospice organization in the country -- for the past 18 years, serving as chief operating officer, director of hospice services, team leader and as a hospice nurse.

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“I have such respect for this organization that I’m honored to help guide its future and growth,” Ms. Whitaker, RN, MS, said in a statement.  “I look forward to reaching out to develop partnerships with other agencies.Hospice by the Bay offers the best in end-of-life care. I want everyone to know about our services and have access to them when needed.”

Ms. Whitaker held the COO position since 2008, where she had overall responsibility for administration and oversight of Hospice by the Bay's clinical operations in Marin, San Francisco, Northern San Mateo and Sonoma counties and the city of Napa. Her experience in working with the Medicare accrediting agency, Community Health Accreditation Program, led to numerous successful re-accreditations for Hospice by the Bay, according to the nonprofit.

A Corte Madera resident, Ms. Whitaker holds a master’s degree in nursing administration from UCSF. She is a member of Vistage International, a peer-to-peer membership organization for CEOs, business owners and executives of small- to mid-size businesses.

Ms. Lew had been the CEO for Hospice by the Bay for  the last six years and had been with the nonprofit hospice for 12 years. She left to pursue other personal interests in her life, according to Hospice by the Bay.