Our Leadership Team

Sarah McSpadden, RN, MSN, MHA

President and Chief Executive Officer

Sarah McSpadden has more than 20 years of experience leading home health, post-acute medical care, palliative care, and hospice programs. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and on hospice and regulatory compliance committees at the state and national levels, including the Quality and Standards National Committee at NHPCO and the Education Committee of the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA).

760.737.2050 x 2634

Laury Bliss, MBA

Chief Strategy Officer

Laury Bliss has held leadership positions in the hospice industry for 15 years and has worked in home health management for more than two decades. She oversees sales and marketing, contracting and volunteer services. Laury is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. She served on the board of Desert Women for Equality, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women in Coachella Valley.

760.796.2050 x2638

George Delgado, MD, HMDC

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. George Delgado oversees all medical aspects of The Elizabeth Hospice’s hospice and palliative care services. He is the president of Elizabeth Supportive Medical Specialists, a medical group dedicated to bringing compassionate, personalized medical care to patients with chronic, serious medical conditions, and support to their families. Dr. Delgado received his medical degree from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, and completed his residency at Santa Monica Hospital/UCLA. He is board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.

760.737.2050 x 2639

Darlene Rutledge, MSN, RN

Chief Clinical Officer

Darlene Rutledge has 30 years of experience working in leading hospice and palliative care programs throughout the U.S. She oversees clinical operations for the organization, ensuring that all clinical teams are delivering the highest quality of patients and family members impacted by serious illness, grief and loss. Additionally, she is responsible for our community-based counseling and grief support services for children and adults. Darlene is certified in Lean Healthcare and is an ELNEC and EPEC-certified clinician and educator.

760. 737.2050 x 2514

Jean Loo-Russo

Chief Philanthropy Officer

Jean Loo-Russo has been working as a fundraising professional in the nonprofit industry for 15 years. She is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s philanthropic efforts. Jean serves on the Board of Directors for the North San Diego Business Chamber and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, North County Philanthropy Council, Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary, and Escondido Charitable Foundation.