Sue Wells, Professional Achievement 2018

Sue Wells is a 1973 graduate of the University of Arizona’s Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences with a major in Home Economics Education. She received her Masters of Social Work from San Diego State University. After graduation, Sue taught Vocational Food Service in Maryland and then spent four years as Pinal County 4-H Home Economist.


After receiving her Masters in Social Work (MSW), Sue worked with hospice programs for more than 20 years, both as a provider and consultant to the hospice industry. Wells Consulting Service consulted with hospice providers around the country on program development, including documentation and operating systems and hospice regulatory compliance, including development of plans of correction in response to a state or federal survey.


Sue’s impact on Hospice Care in California was recognized formally by the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA) when they awarded her the Pierre Salmon, MD award for Excellence in 1994. This award recognizes individuals whose efforts have advanced palliative care and hospice excellence in California. She was also involved in the drafting of the original state hospice standards, which are used to regulate California hospice.


Almost all of Sue’s work with CHAPCA and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) was as a volunteer. She was a valuable member of multiple state and national committees and through that work, has impacted hundreds of thousands of lives across the country often at her own expense during the early years.


In 2010 Hospice of the Valley in San Jose, California engaged Sue for an important project to help guide the growth of service offerings by Hospice of the Valley. The project led to the development of the Palliative Care Center Silicon Valley, the first licensed community clinic in the State of California specializing in palliative care. Sue’s diligence, passionate spirit and incredible work ethic contributed to the reality of the opening of the Palliative Care Center of Silicon Valley in 2013.


Sue has made a profound impact on the hospice and palliative care industry. She has served the greater good of patients and families across our nation, not only by increasing patient access to hospice and palliative care but to embrace life to the fullest with hope, dignity and compassionate care.

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