Haynor to lead national hospice organization

Mary Haynor, president and chief executive officer of Brown Deer-based Horizon Home Care & Hospice, has been elected secretary of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) for 2013 and 2014.

The NAHC is a trade association representing the interests and concerns of home care agencies, hospices, home care aide organizations, and medical equipment suppliers. Haynor first served as an NAHC board member from 2008 to 2011. She has led Horizon since 1999.

Horizon Home Care & Hospice recently announced plans to expand and renovate its in-patient hospice unit at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee in Mequon and extend its lease with the hospital an additional 20 years.

The expansion is made possible by a $1 million gift from the Lawlis Family Fund through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

The project will add 400 square feet to the less than three year- old hospice unit, bringing the total space to 13,400 square feet.

“When we first opened the 14-bed unit in 2010, our intention was to utilize the space for three years per our lease while we worked toward our own freestanding facility,” Haynor said. “But through extensive research and our own experience, we discovered that an in-patient unit is the best approach from both a business and patient/family care perspective. Most hospice patients come from a hospital so if a patient can’t go home, it’s much easier for all involved, physically and as well as emotionally, to move only a few floors than transporting patients to a separate facility.”

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