Clarke Celebrates 20 Years as Hospice CEO

On July 20, Catawba Regional Hospice honored Dave Clarke, President & CEO, for 20 years of astute leadership and robust program development.

Dave Clarke, Catawba Regional Hospice President & CEO

Dave Clarke, Catawba Regional Hospice President & CEO

Clarke, who joined Catawba Regional Hospice in March of 1997, spearheaded the health care agency as it grew from a small location in downtown Hickory to a two-campus organization with locations in the Foothills and Lake Norman. The non-profit organization currently serves patients and families in 10 counties and is highly regarded for its clinical innovation, exceptional care, and breadth of service.

In addition to his hospice leadership, Clarke has been instrumental in developing programs to serve senior populations and people challenged by advanced illness. These programs include Life Transitions, a palliative medicine practice with clinics in Hickory, Newton, and Morganton, and PACE@Home, a program of all-inclusive care that helps seniors remain independent at home and that was created with the support of Lutheran Services of the Carolinas and Catawba Valley Medical Center.

At the reception, Clarke relished visits from community leaders, staff, friends, and both present and past Board of Director members. He stated, “Seeing the faces of all these partners and colleagues, it’s rewarding to remember so many of the plans we’ve embarked on and successes we’ve enjoyed at Catawba Regional Hospice. I’m gratified that we’ve had the opportunity to make such an impact on the community during these past two decades.”

Prior to his tenure at CRH, Clarke served as a captain in the Army Medical Service Corps at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC; as an assistant administrator at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH; as Director of Provider Reimbursement at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; and as Executive Vice President of Business Development at Coastal Healthcare Group in Durham, NC.

Currently, Clarke chairs the Board of Directors for PACE@Home and is a member of the Rotary Club of Newton-Conover. As a longstanding supporter of Rotary, he has been recognized by the Rotary Foundation as a Paul Harris Fellow.

He has also been a prominent figure in health care-related state and national committees. Clarke served on the Board of Directors for the Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care (2001-2006, 2008-2013) and as its Treasurer (2003-2005). In 2001, he was honored with the Peter G. Keese Award for outstanding leadership achievements from The Carolinas Center.

A native of Asheville, NC, Clarke holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the School of Business Administration at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. His bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Accounting is from Elon College in Elon, NC.

Clarke lives in Newton, NC, with his wife, Jan. His stepson and wife reside in Garner, NC. When he’s not working, Clarke enjoys travel, golf, and spending time with family and friends.