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Kerr named hospice center's chief executive officer

The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care has named Dr. Christopher Kerr its new chief executive officer.

Kerr, the organization's chief medical officer, has been serving as the interim chief executive officer since the recent departure of Patricia Ahern and had previously acted as interim CEO for the organization in 2013-14. The center is the parent company of Hospice Buffalo.

“The Board of Trustees is enthusiastic about our appointment of Dr. Kerr as Hospice's next CEO. Dr. Kerr is widely recognized, having cared for so many hospice patients over the years and is known for his empathetic nature. His years of experience and ability to lead the organization will enhance CHPC’s position both nationally and within our Western New York healthcare community,” EJ Butler, the center's board chairman, said in a statement.

Kerr joined Hospice Buffalo in 1999 as the medical director for Hospice Buffalo’s 22-bed Inpatient Unit and served in that capacity until 2011, when he was appointed the center's chief medical officer. A native of Canada, he received a doctorate of philosophy and medical degree, followed by a residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester.

“It is a privilege to lead the dedicated employees and volunteers of this organization who bring such outstanding care and compassionate support to literally hundreds of people in our community each and every day. I’m excited to build on the national reputation and outstanding standard of care that Hospice Buffalo is noted for and to explore new opportunities to extend our mission of providing the highest quality hospice and palliative care services to our community,” Kerr said in a statement.

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