SARANAC LAKE - Meg Wood of Schroon Lake is the new executive director of High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care Inc., the organization's Board of Directors announced Monday.
Wood has spent seven years on the board of the Saranac Lake-based hospice group, which supports dying people and their families. Most recently she served as the board's president.
Also Monday, High Peaks Hospice announced that it has promoted Tina Moody of Bloomingdale as its chief operating officer. She has been with the agency for 10-and-a-half years, the last eight as business manager.
Wood replaces TylaAnn Burger, who was dismissed, according to Director of Development Darsie Townsend. Burger had been executive director since fall 2011.
"It didn't work out," Townsend told the Enterprise, declining to say more.
In a press release, Wood said she looks forward to her new role.
"Especially important is our ongoing goal to enhance and improve the quality of care that has been an integral part of our North Country communities since 1986," she said.
Moody's promotion comes with a change to High Peaks Hospice's organizational chart. The newly created position of chief operating officer gives her more authority in making financial decisions. It is also, according to the press release, "recognition of the many positive contributions that she has made to the agency for the past 10 years."
"I am honored to be part of the team that helps patients and families during their difficult time," Moody said in the release. "We have a lot to offer, but unfortunately, all too often, we are only there for the last couple of days or weeks. I hope we can change this so everyone receives the care they deserve."
High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care is intended to support people in the last six months of a terminal illness, focusing on comfort and quality of life rather than cure. Family and loved ones are also cared for during this time, as well during their bereavement. Care is most often given in the patient's home, or wherever he or she calls home.
The services are covered by Medicare and Medicaid and most private insurance providers; however, High Peaks Hospice serves anyone who qualifies, regardless of their ability to pay.
High Peaks Hospice serves Essex, Warren and portions of Franklin, Hamilton and St. Lawrence counties, and awaits final approval by the state Department of Health to expand to Washington County.
For more information, call 518-891-0606 in Saranac Lake, 518-942-6513 in Mineville or 518-743-1672 in Queensbury, or visit www.highpeakshospice.org.
Contact Peter Crowley at 518-891-2600 ext. 22 or firstname.lastname@example.org.