Abbotsford Hospice Society names palliative care manager

Colleen Rush now working at Holmberg House

The Abbotsford Hospice Society (AHS) has announced the appointment of Colleen Rush as palliative care manager.

Rush has more than 20 years’ experience working as an adult educator, researcher and community development consultant in the hospice palliative care field and community health-care sectors.

“Her extensive experience in planning, developing and implementing innovative hospice-based palliative care education, programs and services in collaboration with other stakeholder groups will be a significant resource for Holmberg House,” said Dr. Ron Kuehl, AHS executive director.

Holmberg House is an adult hospice that opened in April 2016 on the Campus of Care located on Marshall Road next to Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

Rush has worked in palliative care in Vancouver and Chilliwack and is familiar with the distinctive needs of the local community, Kuehl said.

He said she has been an active participant in the collaborative work of the BC Centre for Palliative Care, the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association and hospice society organizations across the province.

Rush began her service with Holmberg House on May 15.