Executive Director announcement – Kay Coole

July 28, 2023

The Board of Directors of the Crystal Coast Hospice House is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Kay Coole as its Executive Director.  We look forward to having her lead the organization and advance its mission to provide outstanding hospice and end of life care for patients and their families from throughout our eastern North Carolina region. Her designation followed a unanimous vote of the Board at its meeting of July 19th to appoint her to this critical leadership role. She had previously served as interim Executive Director.

“Kay possesses all the qualities, skills, experience and values that will make her a genuine success as Executive Director and which will in turn benefit the organization and most importantly the patients we serve “, said Dick Brvenik, Chair of the Board. ““We are fortunate to have a person of this caliber to lead the Crystal Coast Hospice House as we celebrate our ten-year anniversary, and to work with the Board and staff to achieve even greater success moving forward.”

Kay has been with the administration of the Hospice House since July 2016 as office coordinator.  That role included serving as events coordinator for the annual Gingerbread Festival and the Crystal Coast Hospice House Golf Tournament.

Prior to joining the Hospice House, Kay worked in academia and the pharmaceutical industry in research and development where she gained valuable management skills as well as expertise in quality monitoring and improvement, facilities and resource management and budget management. Kay also has served on numerous nonprofit boards with an interest in improving lives and communities.

Kay looks forward to strengthening relationships and raising awareness within the five county community which we support, and to working closely with the Board as well as other community leaders to ensure high quality hospice care for all patients and their families.

Kay resides in Newport with her husband, Thor, and enjoys our coastal community with all its beauty and recreational opportunities.