Shareefah Sabur has 22 years of hospice experience. She oversees Organizational Quality, Performance Improvement, and Education at Hospice of the Western Reserve. She is responsible for collecting organizational outcome data, coordinating various benchmarking initiatives and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) survey operations and regulatory audits. Additionally, she oversees the Hospice Institute which provides professional continuing education through speaking, conferences, and collaborations with multiple academic institutions; participates in both behavioral and pharmaceutical research; and houses the only End-of-Life Library in Ohio. She also serves as the Corporate Compliance Officer and the HIPAA Privacy Officer.
Sabur has held several leadership positions at the national level including Chair of the National Council for Hospice and Palliative Professionals, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization board member for six years, and Chair of the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa, and National Hospice Foundation board member for two years. She also co-chaired the committee that launched the Quality Partners initiative in 2006, designed bring focus to becoming and high quality hospice provider.
Sabur initiated the partnership between Hospice of the Western Reserve and Helderberg Hospice which is sustained through the efforts of a staff Partnership Committee, which she created after returning from Sub-Saharan Hospice Seminar Tour in 2001. The committee creates awareness about the challenges for healthcare organizations as they manage the AIDS pandemic, tuberculosis, malaria and cancer with so few resources, and coordinates fundraising activities to support our sister hospice, Helderberg Hospice located in Somerset West, South Africa. She also acts as the agency’s liaison with Helderberg Hospice in matters related to information sharing and deepening our partnership.
She earned a Master of the Arts degree in Psychology, Diversity Management from Cleveland State University and a Masters of Nonprofit Organization, Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management from Case Western Reserve University.