Susan Ponder-Stansel

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Susan Ponder-Stansel
President & Chief Executive Officer at Community Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeast Florida

Susan began her career with Community Hospice & Palliative Care (then known as Hospice of Northeast Florida) as a volunteer clinical social worker for the non-profit's new St. Augustine office in 1985
She became Executive Director in 1988 and was named president and CEO of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida in April 1991. During her tenure, Community Hospice & Palliative Care has grown from serving 60 patients a day with a staff of 35 to an organization of approximately 850 full- and part-time staff serving approximately 1,200 patients each day, operating five facilities and multiple offices.

Susan is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), a Qualified Clinical Social Worker (QCSW) and a board-certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida. She also holds certification as an Advanced Certified Hospice Executive (ACHE).

She serves on the Boards of Directors of the Florida Council on Aging, the Northeast Florida Health Planning Council, and the Florida Hospice & Palliative Care association (FHPC).

Susan is a member of the Washington-based National Association for Home Care & Hospice's Hospice Association Advisory Board. Susan also participates on several healthcare-related advisory boards in Florida, serves as a consultant in the hospice industry, and writes and contributes to various publications on the topics of hospice care and end-of-life care.