​Hospice of the Western Reserve Chief Clinical Officer Judy Bartel has been named one of Crain's 2018 "Notable Women in Health Care." The list honors women in the health care industry who are considered leaders in their workplaces and in the community, as nominated by clients or colleagues.

At Hospice of the Western Reserve, Judy's scope of responsibilities is enormous. She oversees clinical teams providing care for approximately 1,200 hospice patients, 625 palliative care patients and 40 pediatric patients daily. She also supervises pharmacy and dietary operations, manages the professional development of clinical leaders and innovates new programs to continually enhance quality of care.

Judy spearheaded several programs that have improved access to care. She collaborated with the Alzheimer's Association to develop a creative Dementia care program. It reaches people earlier in their disease process so they can participate in meaningful legacy work and have a voice in their long-range care. The program was recognized by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization for excellence in education. She also designed a program that integrates palliative care at the point of service in dialysis centers through partnerships with community dialysis centers and the Kidney Foundation of Ohio. Her leadership role in developing Hospice of the Western Reserve's "By Your Side" program ensures no patient ever dies alone.

A pioneer in the field of hospice and palliative nursing, Judy entered the field when it was a relatively new and unfamiliar specialty. In fact, Ursuline College in Pepper Pike was the first college in the U.S. to offer a Master's in Palliative Nursing, and Judy was first student to graduate from the program. Judy earned her Bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN) in 1979 and her Master's (MSN) in 2000. She is Board Certified in Advance Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing and as a Palliative Care Administrator and was named a Fellow in Palliative Nursing in 2009.

'Humble,' 'passionate,' 'committed' and 'patient' are some of the words staff members use to describe Judy. "She is dedicated to upholding our high standards of patient care with heart, compassion and integrity," said Clement Hearey, Vice President of Human Resources. Read more about Judy and the other 2018 Notable Women of Health Care in a special section in Crain's August 20.