Tricia Downey joined HopeHealth in 2011 as director of special projects and became vice president of hospice operations in 2013. She has been in the hospice nursing field for close to 30 years with proven experience in acute clinical care, healthcare finance and technology. At HopeHealth, Ms. Downey is responsible for managing and supporting interdisciplinary teams providing end-of-life care and a 10-bed hospice inpatient care center.
Prior to joining HopeHealth, Ms. Downey was program director for Middlesex Hospital Hospice and Palliative Care; director of hospice, oncology and palliative care for Hartford Hospital: VNA Healthcare, Hospice and Palliative; director of care management at Hospice Care of Rhode Island; and clinical director of Hospice of Hampshire County. Ms. Downey rebuilt two hospice and palliative care programs consistently exceeding financial benchmarks in programs that previously were unable to meet budget and provided leadership to successfully open a hospital-based 12-bed hospice and palliative hospital based unit.
Ms. Downey is a hands-on leader committed to maintaining and promoting continuity and quality of care across settings with cost-effective solutions. With a comprehensive knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid and third party clinical and finance issues and impact, Ms. Downey has managed multiple successful initial TJC/CHAPS accreditations for hospice.
Ms. Downey attended the University of Rhode Island where she earned her bachelor of science in nursing and she attended the Community College of Rhode Island where she earned her associate degree in nursing. Ms. Downey has been on several boards and committees, including the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Regulatory Committee of Board and the Connecticut Association Homecare and Hospice Board.