Alive Hospice has named Darlene Rutledge as the nonprofit agency’s administrator of inpatient hospice care and Leslie Baker as administrator of home hospice care.
Rutledge (on right in photo) will oversee the day-to-day operations of three care facilities: Alive Hospice Residence Nashville, Alive Hospice at Saint Thomas Hospital and Alive Hospice at Skyline Madison Campus. The trio of facilities provides around-the-clock care for patients who require an acute level of hospice care.
“Having three inpatient facilities is one of the things that sets Alive Hospice apart in hospice care, and having a first-rate administrator of inpatient care is critical,” Anna-Gene O’Neal, Alive Hospice President and CEO, said in a release. “Darlene Rutledge possesses the knowledge, experience and skill necessary to maintain the standard of care that patients and families expect and deserve at Alive Hospice’s inpatient facilities.”
Rutledge most recently served as clinical manager of inpatient hospice for Duke HomeCare and Hospice and previously held various management roles at Hospice of Palm Beach County for more than 17 years.
Rutledge earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Indian River State College and is certified by the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium.
In her role as home care administrator, Baker will oversees the day-to-day operations of Alive Hospice’s clinical teams that provide in-home hospice care across 12 Middle Tennessee counties.
Baker (on left in photo) previously served as clinical director of Alive Hospice’s Murfreesboro-based team of caregivers. A hospice veteran of more than 15 years, Baker also previously served as director of clinical services for the Memphis office of Aseracare Hospice, director of clinical services for Spring Valley Hospice (Olive Branch, Miss.) and director of education and quality improvement at Unity Hospice Care (Germantown, Tenn.).