Our Leadership Team

Jan Jones, RN, BSN

Chief Executive Officer

Jan Jones is a recognized leader in the hospice and palliative care movement nationally. She has more than three decades of experience in the healthcare industry, and a strong background in managing community-based hospice programs and services. Jan also serves as CEO of California Hospice Network, a strategic partnership committed to sustaining local, nonprofit, community-based hospice care throughout California. She is Immediate Past Board Chair of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Jan currently serves on the Board of the Hospice Action Network and the North San Diego Business Chamber and is President of the Escondido Rotary Club. She received the Pierre Salmon Award from the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association for advancing hospice and palliative care in California.

760.737.2050 x 2634

Sarah McSpadden, RN, MSN, MHA, CHC

President and Chief Operating Officer

Sarah McSpadden has more than 20 years of experience leading home health, post-acute medical care, palliative care, and hospice programs. She is an active participant in hospice and regulatory compliance committees at the state and national levels. She serves as a member on the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA) Education Committee, the national Quality and Standards Committee for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), and is certified in Healthcare Compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA).

760.737.2050 x 2634

George Delgado, MD, FAAFP, HMDC

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. George Delgado oversees all aspects of the organization’s hospice and palliative care medical 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. Dr. Delgado is a fellow of the American Academy of Family 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. 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. In addition to being responsible for all aspects of the organization’s philanthropic efforts, she oversees our community-based counseling and grief support services for adults and children. Jean is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, North County Philanthropy Council, Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary, and Escondido Charitable Foundation.


Holly Swiger, PhD, MPH, PHN, RN, CHC

Chief Compliance Officer

Holly Swiger’s hospice career spans 30 years, with a primary focus on organizational development, oversight and compliance. She has served on the boards of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), California Association for Health Services at Home, and the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association. Holly was instrumental in the passage of the Hospice Program licensure and Hospice Inpatient Facility licensure in California. She is the recipient of the Pierre Salmon Award for her outstanding contribution to the advancement of hospice care in California.

760.796.2050 x2649

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. Her focus is on developing strong sales and marketing offerings that meet the needs of consumers and healthcare providers. 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