Bonnie Alkema, RN, CHPN, assumed the responsibilities of Executive Director on August 27, 2011. Mrs. Alkema, who has over 20 years of experience in the hospice healthcare industry, has been with Catholic Hospice since 2008, where she was previously the Director of Performance Improvement. She comes from Caring People Home Healthcare Agency where she was the Director of Operations and Director of Nursing. A seasoned nurse, Mrs. Alkema has served as General Manager, National Patient Care Administrator, Patient Care Administrator, and Team Manager, all within the hospice field.
"We are very pleased to announce that Bonnie Alkema has accepted the position of Executive Director of Catholic Hospice. She is a highly qualified professional and brings a wealth of experience to her new role. We have complete confidence in her ability to lead Catholic Hospice into the next level of growth." comments James Ball, Chief Operating Officer of Catholic Health Services.
A Registered Nurse since 1992, she is certified as a Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse (CHPN), is both a member and a Certified Trainer of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), and has her nursing license in Florida, Michigan and Georgia.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to continue the Catholic Hospice mission of not only providing excellent end of life care to patients and families but to
Melinda Diaz, RN, BS, LHRM, CHPN, CHPCA,Senior Director of Operations, comes to Catholic Hospice with over 30 years nursing experience and 12 years of Hospice experience. She started her hospice career as a Director of Education and Quality for Hospice at Home in St. Joseph, Michigan. Melinda then moved to Florida where she worked with HospiceCare of Southeast Florida as the Chief Compliance officer.
Melinda is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration. She also holds her Florida license as a Risk manager as well and a Registered Nurse. She is a certified hospice nurse, a certified hospice administrator as well as a HPNA trainer.
As Senior Director of Operations Melinda serves as an integral member of the senior management team and is responsible for the development of Catholic Hospice palliative care strategy and the overall development of the organization’s strategic goals.
Rita Kathalynas, RN, MSN, CHPN, assumed the responsibilities of Director of Professional Services on October 27, 2011. Ms. Kathalynas, who has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry with specific knowledge of hospice care in particular palliative approaches to symptom management and pain control has been working in hospice care since 2001.
“We are pleased that Rita has joined the leadership team of Catholic Hospice. She brings her experience and passion for quality to the team”, said Ms. Bonnie Alkema, Executive Director.
Ms. Kathalynas, who has extensive clinical, educational and management experience comes from the Vitas Innovative Hospice Care where she was a team manager. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from George Mason University.
“It is a privilege to serve on behalf of patients and families in the compassionate and loving spirit of Jesus Christ”, said Ms. Kathalynas.
Ricardo Pol, RN, MSN, MBA, HCM, assumed the responsibilities of Director of Professional Services on March 31, 2014. Mr. Pol has over 30 years of healthcare and hospice experience, and was previously a Senior Director of Professional Services for Heartland Hospice.
“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Pol to the Catholic Hospice team. Mr. Ricardo Pol’s experience, compassion and knowledge of hospice will support the Catholic Hospice mission of serving the needs of patients, families and the community of South Florida,” said Bonnie Alkema, Executive Director.
Mr. Pol received his Bachelors Degree of Nursing from the University of Kentucky and also holds a Masters of Science in Nursing and a Masters in Business Administration and Health Care Management from the University of Phoenix. He is also a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant.
“I am truly blessed as I have the opportunity to work with a group of caring, committed professionals who all share the same passion for providing exceptional care to those who we have the privilege of serving,” said Mr. Pol.
Dale Williams, RN, BSN, assumed the responsibilities of Director of Professional Services on May 19, 2014. Mr. Williams, who has 14 years of hospice experience, previously worked as an Administrator for Heartland Home Health and Hospice.
“I am very pleased to have Dale Williams join the leadership team of Catholic Hospice. His knowledge, experience and commitment for providing quality hospice care will support our mission of care within the Broward community,” commented Bonnie Alkema, Executive Director.
Mr. Williams received his Bachelors of Science in Biology and Nursing from Wichita State University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration and Health Care Management. He is certified as a Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator and Nurse.
“To honor, serve and provide excellence for our patients, their loved ones and our community is a privilege and my calling. I am proud to be a part of Catholic Hospice,” said Mr. Williams.
Jacob Spruit has been a leader in the finance and medical field for over 28 years.
“I am very pleased to have Jacob Spruit join the leadership team of Catholic Hospice” Bonnie Alkema, Executive Director states, “Mr. Spruit’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the Catholic Hospice family with our mission to provide quality, compassionate end-of-life care to our community.”
Jacob states, “I am very honored to be joining the team of caring professionals at Catholic Hospice. We have more than 400 individuals who are dedicated to serving the end-of-life needs of patients and families in Broward and Dade Counties. One of my challenges will be to ensure that we have adequate resources to continue to provide these valuable services at the highest levels of quality with a personal touch.”