Haven Hospice and Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys (VNA/HFK) announce the appointment of Gayle Mattson as President.  Mattson will have overall responsibility for the development and execution of the strategic, operational and clinical programs and services provided to the patients and families served by Haven Hospice and VNA/HFK. “Gayle is a seasoned health care executive who brings a wealth of innovative hospice, palliative and home health care experience to this important leadership role,” said Mike Gallagher, president and CEO of SantaFe HealthCare. “She has proven competencies in end-of-life program innovations, talent development, and in engaging internal and external stakeholders, which will be incredible assets as she leads the future development and expansion of hospice, palliative and home health initiatives in our 19-county service area.”

Mattson brings 30 years of accomplishments in clinical and health care operations including hospital, home care, hospice and palliative care experience. Mattson was first inspired to pursue a career in healthcare when she volunteered in a local hospital in her hometown of Rochester, Minnesota.  To this day, she still retains her nursing license. “It’s been critically important over the years to have hands-on clinical experience to better understand our patients’ needs and connect with our staff serving our patients,” said Mattson.

Mattson is looking forward to continuing to grow her passion for providing high quality hospice, palliative and home health care to patients and families. “Haven, VNA/HFK and SantaFe HealthCare’s team members have such a high commitment to service, and they are talented and smart.  I am going to enjoy learning from and engaging with them,” said Mattson.

Mattson began her career as a registered nurse at Allina Health – Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. From 1983 to 2011, Mattson garnered experience and grew her career inside of Allina Heath in various hospital and clinical settings from manager of inpatient services, vice president of patient care services to interim president and then president.  She also served as chief operating officer for Lifesprk (Age Well) Homecare and president of a Level 1 Trauma Center in Minnesota. Most recently, Mattson was serving as the chief operating officer of Pathways Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty in Sunnyvale, California.

Throughout her career, Mattson has seen the need for quality, end-of-life care. “Hospice and palliative care have been at the core of my career life and it is truly what I love,” said Mattson. “Hospice is so valuable and building comprehensive care has always been my mission.” Mattson first started working in the hospice field when she was with Allina Health--Home & Community Services. “I went out into the field, shadowed hospice nurses and saw the phenomenal work they were doing at this heartfelt level.”

Mattson earned a bachelor of science in nursing at St. Olaf College and is currently enrolled in the Executive Masters in Healthcare Administration Program at the University of Minnesota. She will graduate at the end of this year with her MHA. Mattson was awarded the 2014 Minnesota Women in Health Care Leadership Award.