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Management Team

Keith Lagnese, Chief Medical Officer

With a passion and expertise for end-of-life care, Keith Lagnese, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC, joined Family Hospice in 2015 to provide clinical oversight for patients in all levels of hospice care. As the only physician in Western PA to earn the Hospice Medical Director Certification, Dr. Lagnese is well-versed in the clinical skills and regulatory, administrative, legal, and ethical competencies related to end-of-life care. He previously founded Harmony Hospice and acted as CEO, as well as served as national medical director for Hospice Compassus and president of the medical staff at St. Clair Hospital. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Lagnese is board certified in internal medicine, subspecialty boarded in hospice and palliative medicine, and is a fellow in the American College of Physicians. He has active leadership roles in the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the National Hospice Partnership for Innovation. Dr. Lagnese also serves as a physician consultant for Weatherbee Resources, in addition to presenting regularly at their quarterly boot camps.

 

 

Kathy Baker, Vice President Quality and Compliance

Since joining Home Nursing Agency more than 30 years ago, Kathy Baker, MSN has actively pursued performance improvement measures to provide the highest quality of care and has achieved exceptional results in customer and employee satisfaction and best practice initiatives. Through her diligent review and community needs assessment, Baker identified a growing population of children and their families who needed a comprehensive grief support service and helped to implement a specialized program called Home Nursing Agency’s Healing Patch. Baker earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Penn State University and a master’s degree from Loyola University. Before advancing to leadership, Baker held clinical roles in both home health and hospice. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Hospice and Palliative Care Network. She has presented on the state and national level for the Pennsylvania Hospice Network, Pennsylvania Homecare Association, and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

 

 

Eric Horwith, Director of Growth and Business Development

Eric Horwith, MSW, LSW has been a part of Family Hospice since 2009, holding positions within patient care and senior leadership. Eric led the team in forming our hospice’s first Access department dedicated to transitioning patients from “pre-hospice” care to “Family Hospice” care. In his current role, Eric oversees the organization’s strategic growth plan and business partnerships across a 20-county footprint in an effort to identify methods to increase timely access to hospice care. Eric graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor’s in sociology and received his master’s in clinical social work from the University of Pittsburgh. A member of Pittsburgh’s Coalition for Quality End of Life Care (CQEL), the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, as well as the National Hospice Partnership for Innovation, Eric has been recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine as one of the city’s top 40 under 40 business professionals for his accomplishments in improving access to end-of-life care for diverse and underserved populations.

 

 

Jennifer Vennare, Interim Vice President of Clinical Operations

Jennifer Vennare, MSN, RN has been a member of the Family Hospice leadership team since 2014. In her current role, Jennifer supports the multidisciplinary care teams by facilitating patient care coordination according to industry standards. Jennifer focuses on service excellence for patients, visitors, staff, peers, physicians, and other departments.  She is a graduate of The Washington Hospital School of Nursing and received her bachelor’s degree and master’s of science in nursing at Robert Morris University. Jennifer serves as an active participant of the National Project for Hospice Innovation and helps to identify, develop, and implement process improvement opportunities to enhance the quality of services provided.  Within UPMC, Jennifer works collaboratively to coordinate care and provide best practice pathways. She also serves as a member of St. Clair Hospital ethics committee.  In the community, Jennifer is a hospice advocate, supporting and educating families and other health care providers on access to hospice care.