Haven has named Claudia Beureuse, BSN, RN, CHP, Director of Access for North Central Florida’s legacy, mission-driven hospice and palliative care provider.

Beureuse will lead a team of hospice advocates who respond to the community, patients, family and physicians, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities by handling hospice referrals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

“Ensuring that patients and families experience a worry-free hospice admission is an essential part of the hospice journey,” states Pauline Taylor, RN, MHA, Haven President and Chief Operating Officer. “With her hands-on experience and record of accomplishment as a team leader, Claudia is the right person to continue Haven’s 40-year legacy of taking care of our friends and neighbors across Haven’s 18-county service area.”

Beureuse’s hospice experience has ranged from clinical management and admissions to business development and sales. She comes to Haven from AdventHealth Hospice in Central Florida where she was Director of Patient Access and also served in an interim capacity as Executive Director and Administrator. Beureuse began her career in hospice with VITAS Healthcare, Orlando, as a clinical team manager and subsequently transitioned to roles as a manager of admissions and a sales representative.

Earlier in her career, Beureuse served in several roles in Long term care including Charge Nurse and Unit Manager before being promoted to Assistant Director of Consulate Health Care in Central Florida.

She is a second-generation hospice clinician, having been inspired by her mother, a long-time hospice Certified Nursing Assistant. Beureuse credits her mother for inspiring her commitment to hospice advocacy. “As representatives of hospice, we have a commitment to serve our community not only by advocating hospice but also by educating about the Medicare Hospice Benefit,” she says. “If we, as hospice advocates, can educate the community, referral sources, and families about how they can take advantage of everything hospice has to offer earlier on, then patients can have a higher quality of life longer.”

Fluent in both Spanish and Creole, Beureuse currently is studying for her Master of Health Administration from Webster University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University and her Associate in Nursing from Polk State College, Winter Haven, Florida. Beureuse originally obtained an Associate of Arts degree from Valencia College, Orlando, Florida. She is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse through the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.