LOUISVILLE, Colo. – March 14, 2023 – PRLog — Leslie Barela, RN, MSN has been promoted from Director of Clinical Operations to Executive Director, effective March 20. Barela came to Colorado Palliative and Hospice Care in late April 2022, from Seasons Hospice where she was a Director of Clinical Operations. Her hospice career began as an on-call nurse, and she progressed to clinical liaison and case manager. As the Executive Director, Barela will lead the Front Range employees, ensuring exceptional care standards, and producing, educating on, and implementing improvement initiatives.

“Leslie has continued to demonstrate a commitment to our company’s mission, vision, and corporate guidelines. She has led the Front Range clinical team, building a strong patient-centered care team. We look forward to working with her as she applies her talents and experience to the role of Executive Director,” said Phillip Hill, Chief Executive Officer.

Barela obtained her nursing degree in 2009 at Front Range Community College. She earned her BSN in 2011 and a master’s degree in nursing from Grand Canyon University in 2015. Barela’s nursing experience includes perioperative services, dialysis, cath lab, and hospice. After more than twelve years in the perioperative field, she resolved to focus on hospice patients when a childhood friend endured a bad hospice experience. Barela’s commitment to patients, families, and our organization, demonstrates her passion for hospice and building patient-centered solid care teams.

As Executive Director, Barela will continue to guide the Front Range office to respectfully meet the needs of patients, families, and communities. She will oversee the development and implementation of policies and procedures that are consistent with the Colorado Palliative & Hospice Care mission and vision statement and guidelines. Barela will work in collaboration with the management team to create an efficient, purposeful work environment.

“It is an honor to be taking the Front Range Executive Director position. I look forward to growing a strong team and continuing to provide the best possible care to our patients, families, and community partners. I am beyond blessed and thankful to be part of an organization that shares my love and passion for hospice care. It is an honor to serve patients and families who choose our company to be part of their end-of-life journey. Hospice is not a job. It is what I was placed on earth to do,” states Barela.

Founded on Christian principles, Colorado Palliative & Hospice Care is a locally owned and independently operated organization dedicated to serving patients wherever they call home. The company is focused on delivering an outstanding, predictable, care experience every time, without exception. Colorado Palliative & Hospice Care has three offices to support the increasing demand of our aging population – Front Range, Denver, and Colorado Springs. For more information visit https://www.coloradophc.com.