(Press release from Catskill Hospice)

Lola Rathbone, President and CEO of Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care,
has announced that she will retire in 2017 after 25 years of service to the
organization. The Board of Directors has named Dan Ayres as her successor.
Ayres, former CEO of O’Connor Hospital in Delhi and Tri-Town Hospital in Sidney,
has accepted the position and will begin his tenure by the end of this year.
Ayres, who will be relocating back to the area after heading Summersville
Regional Medical Center in West Virginia for the past two years, served on the
Hospice Board of Directors for six years.

“It has been a blessing to work for Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care for
the past 25 years. Dan’s appointment to be the next leader of this extraordinary
organization is yet another blessing. Dan is an experienced, successful
healthcare executive and is just what is needed as Hospice and Palliative Care
become an even more important part of the continuum of care for the people
of our region.“ said Rathbone.

“I am honored to have been selected as the next leader for Catskill Area
Hospice and Palliative Care”, said Ayres. The mission and values of this
organization is an inspiration, as are the compassionate and caring staff. I am
excited by the challenges of our current healthcare environment and the role
Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care will play in delivering high quality care,
which has been their hallmark.”

“Dan is the embodiment of our core values here at Catskill Area Hospice and
Palliative Care. His kindness and positive energy are the very essence of our
hospice culture. In this ever-changing healthcare environment, his strong,
strategic leadership style and healthcare experience will help us successfully
continue to meet the expanding needs of those with serious, advanced illness
and their families.