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Meet Lee Wilson

July 1, 2011

Lee Wilson, Senior Director of HPCLC

It’s been almost a month since Leslie Barlowe retired from Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County.  And yes, we miss her.  But it’s time for you loyal Hospice Matters readers to get to know Lee Wilson, our brand spankin’ new director of the Lincoln County office.  Because he’s off to a great start!

Lee joined our organization in 2007.  Funny thing was, he was working for a different hospice organization and was looking for new recruits to join his team.  Turns out, some contacts he knew from HPCLC told Lee that he should consider the available social worker position within their organization.  Lee was intrigued.  The number of hats he was wearing for his job at the time was weighing him down and the thought of focusing on just one main job was liberating, to say the least.  With a Masters in Social Work and a career history in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and hospice, Lee was a perfect candidate.  He took the job.

Lee was impressed with how integrated HPCLC was within the Lincolnton community and it was a big factor in his decision to join the organization.  “I could sense such a passion for this organization from the community.  And vice versa.  Our staff members are not just caring for patients.  They’re caring for their neighbors; the people they grew up with.”

He was also impressed that Leslie took great care making sure that he was adjusting to his position and showing an interest in his personal growth.  “It was clear that she wanted me to be successful.  She took such an interest in her staff and really encouraged us.”  And four years later, when Leslie decided to retire, she once again encouraged him — to take on the position of senior director of Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County

So Lee Wilson finds himself in the driver’s seat, during one of the most challenging times that the hospice industry, as a whole, has faced.  With increased competition, and tightening budgets, Lee is carving his own path and trying to create his own successful legacy, as Leslie Barlowe did before him.  “I want us to grow, but we need to be intentional in our growth.  We need to maintain our core values and, most of all, our integrity.  We’ll grow and we’ll still provide extraordinary care in our community.”

Lee Wilson’s got his foot on the pedal and the car in gear.  And an open road ahead of him.  It’s going to be a great trip.