CATHOLIC HEALTH SERVICES
for immediate release
Maria A. Miranda
CHS, VP Public Relations
Dian Backoff accepts Executive Director of Catholic Hospice
(April 17, 2018 Lauderdale Lakes, FL) Officials at Catholic Health Services announced the appointment of Dian Backoff as the new executive director of Catholic Hospice. Ms. Backoff comes to Catholic Hospice after a highly successful career in providing strategic direction and improving bottom-line growth in the health care and hospice industries. She was instrumental in growing VITAS from a small hospice operation into the nation’s leading hospice provider. Backoff most recently worked as a consultant to Visiting Nurse Service of New York and ValueCare at Home Registry assisting in all aspects of operations, focusing on growth, efficiency and standardization, resulting in increased ability to convert referrals to admissions.
“In addition to her impressive background and professional expertise, Dian brings a passion for excellence and high quality care and service that aligns with our mission of providing the patients and their families our services with love, skill, compassion, and respect for all human dignity – regardless of race, creed or religious affiliation.” said Joe Catania, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Services. “We are pleased to welcome her to the team.”
Catholic Hospice is a community-based not-for-profit program, affiliated with Catholic Health Services, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Miami, serving the South Florida community since 1988. Catholic Hospice provides responsive end-of-life care for patients of all ages and faiths, and assists families in caring for a loved one with reverence and dignity at the most vulnerable time in life’s journey. Catholic Hospice has IPUs (in-patient units) at Holy Cross Hospital, St. Catherine’s West, St. Anne’s Nursing Center and Villa Maria Nursing Center.