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New Executive Director Seeks to Advance Success of Celia’s House and Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice
Jackson County – For Pamela Norr, the new executive director of Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice, the organization’s mission to offer aid and comfort to those facing the end of life is very personal.
“I want to make an impact for those who are dying in our community and their families,” says Norr. “How we end our days is a family subject that we often don’t feel comfortable paying attention to. I know the services at Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice and Celia’s House in Holmes Park would have helped my family tremendously during my father’s final days. I look forward to sharing those resources with others.”
Norr will lead Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice and its residential hospice home, Celia’s House, and The Hospice Unique Boutique (The HUB) following her recent leadership role as Executive Officer of ACCESS, Jackson County’s Community Action Agency. There she supervised a staff of 85 and an annual budget of $19M. ACCESS is the nonprofit charged with providing food warmth and shelter to the region’s most vulnerable citizens.
With over 30 years of experience leading healthcare organizations and community nonprofits in both Oregon and California, Norr brings a long, successful history of strategic planning, revenue generation, partnership development and operational oversight as tools to help carry out the vision she holds for the Medford nonprofit.
“I want to carry on the beautiful legacy of this organization and craft a strong future alongside our dedicated staff, board members, donors and active volunteers. We will ensure we remain a strong resource on end-of-life care for all Southern Oregonians when they need it,” says Norr. “I also want to make sure people know about the unique, kind, and thoughtful care available at Celia’s House as they help their loved ones through the dying process.”
“We are so pleased to have Ms. Norr take the helm as our new executive director,” says Fred Bockstahler, Board Chair of Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice. “With her strong leadership we will keep the mindful, compassionate care of our residents and their families as the top priority for both Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice and Celia’s House.”
With her degree from University of Oregon and a personal philosophy of mission-based servant leadership, Norr has served as Chief Executive Officer for two other Oregon nonprofits: Central Oregon Council on Aging and the Oregon Rural Healthcare Quality Network, as well as Interim Executive Director for the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund in Eugene. She has also served in senior leadership roles for several California hospital and health clinic organizations.
Norr recognizes and honors the special and intimate nature of end-of-life care and the people who are drawn to serve the needs of families in this way. “The amazing commitment of the entire team, volunteers, board members, staff, honorary board members, donors and community partners, is what makes this organization so truly special. I am honored to be offered this leadership opportunity and look forward to serving our community in this new capacity.”
Pamela Norr, New Executive Director of Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice