Yolo Hospice has retained former Chicago hospice and palliative care executive, Craig Dresang, as its new Executive Director.
Dresang brings more than 25 years of nonprofit management experience to his post, including 15 years as a senior leader in healthcare. Prior to his new role, Dresang was the vice president for community development and programs for Midwest Palliative and Hospice CareCenter in Chicago, a $30 million healthcare organization that ranked in the top 20 nation-wide for quality inpatient care, and recognized as one of Chicago’s top 100 workplaces.
Under Dresang’s leadership, Midwest CareCenter raised $13 million to build the State of Illinois’ first LEED® Gold certified hospice residence which was awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for successfully incorporating design, construction and operational practices to achieve cost-efficiency, energy savings and environmental sustainability.
“Much like Midwest CareCenter, Yolo Hospice was founded 35 years ago by grassroots volunteers and has, over time, become the region’s gold standard for hospice care,” according to Dresang. “As the first established hospice in the Sacramento Valley, we have the longest track record as experts in end-of-life care. In fact, our most recent physician satisfaction survey shows that 100 percent of our referring physicians are satisfied with the care we provide to their patients. I am truly excited to be part of this very special community treasure. ”
Yolo Hospice serves a five-county area including Colusa, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, and Yolo counties.