Leadership Life: Mark Murray, President/CEO, Center for Hospice Care

Leadership Life: Mark Murray, President/CEO, Center for Hospice Care
By: GreatNews.Life Last Updated: November 14, 2019

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Mark Murray President/CEO at Center for Hospice Care, has been with the organization for more than 30 years, offering an important leadership quality he undoubtedly has mastered: consistency. Murray has been President/CEO since 1997 following seven years as Vice President with the organization. In that time, he has found innovative ways to adapt to the ever-evolving hospice industry that has exploded with competition in the last 10 years alone. Through it all, he keeps mission at the heart of everything they do at Center for Hospice Care. Murray also has devoted time to making the hospice industry better for patients, locally, nationally, and even internationally. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors for National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), Board Chair of the Hospice Action Network (HAN), and has served on the board of the National Hospice Foundation, and FHSSA, formerly the Foundation for Sub-Saharan Africa and today known as Global Partners in Care (GPIC) now headquartered at Hospice Foundation in Mishawaka. Murray also is a member of the National Hospice Executive Roundtable and has served as a member of the Indiana Home Health Services and Hospice Services Council and the Board of Visitors for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at his alma mater, Butler University, Indianapolis. Off the clock, Murray is all about family. He’s been married for more than 30 years, has one daughter and three entertaining grandchildren. He enjoys watching movies in his home theater, occasional computer gaming, and collecting memorabilia of Baseball Hall of Famer and former Chicago Cub second baseman, Ryne Sandberg.

Leadership Life | Mark Murray | Growth at Center for Hospice Care

When Mark Murray started at Center for Hospice Care, they had 33 patients a day. Today, they care for more than 420 patients a day, and they’re in the top 3 percent of hospice programs in the United States. It’s all about growth, serving the mission, and making the last days of patients as high quality and meaningful as possible.

Leadership Life | Mark Murray | The Mission of Center for Hospice Care

Even though Center for Hospice Care has grown tremendously over the last 20 years, their mission statement has actually shrunk to reflect exactly why they exist: to improve the quality of living for patients. Learn how this plays out across the organization and into the community.

Leadership Life | Mark Murray | Leadership Style in Hospice Care

No matter what the course of business is at any given time at Center for Hospice Care, Mark Murray says it all comes down to a single day of care at the patient bedside. In everyday leadership, Murray pulls from role model Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs. The name on the front is more important than the name on the back, and it’s about working together as a team to meet the mission of caring for the patients.

Leadership Life | Mark Murray | The Value of Community Partnerships

The Center for Hospice Care will open their new 12-bed inpatient unit on the St. Joe River at the end of 2019, offering a beautiful pastoral setting with patios, which can accommodate patient beds, overlooking the river. In fact, the whole campus is a perfect example of healthy public-private partnerships with the city, the parks department and the community, among others. Discover how Center for Hospice Care integrates the parks and their conference center into the care they provide to patients and the engagement they have with the community.