State of the Heart Care is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Kristi Strawser. Strawser has worked for State of the Heart Care for 8 years, serving in many different roles, most recently as the Director of Clinical Services and Care Center Manager.
If you take the time to sit with Kristi, it won’t be long before you see her passion and heart for hospice shine in her smile- and if you review her resume, you would know she is definitely up for the task. Kristi has a long history of working in healthcare starting as an aid at the Brethren Retirement Community and while working there, earned her LPN license. During her time at BRC she worked alongside State of the Heart caring for a hospice patient and soon found herself at the other end of the spectrum, as her grandfather became a patient at State of the Heart. She then knew that hospice was the place for her. Kristi served as an LPN and earned her RN license during her first 5 ½ year tenure with State of the Heart. Kristi once again was a recipient of the agency’s care when she and her husband Sean entrusted State of the Heart to care for their daughter, Corynna.
Corynna Strawser was an inspiration to thousands of people who followed her journey on Facebook as she brought attention to the fatal disease which took her life- Mitochondrial Disease. Her strength in facing death and determination to educate the public about her disease was inspiring. After a courageous battle with the disease, Corynna passed away in 2013. After some time away, Kristi felt a calling to return to the agency. She was welcomed back with open arms as our Care Center Manager, where she served in that role from 2015-2018. She was most recently appointed as the Director of Clinical Services for State of the Heart before accepting her newest role as Executive Director. In addition to working, Kristi has made furthering her education a priority; she is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse, received her Nursing Executive Certification, and will soon be receiving her MBA and MSN. Kristi shared that she “loves watching people grow under good leadership and wants to take the agency to the next level.”
Kristi has made it clear to the staff that serving our patients and families is her number one priority. “We are our community’s hospice and we are going to continue to focus on what we do well, and that is hospice care,” Kristi shared about her vision for State of the Heart moving forward. “I’ve worked in the community for years and I’m excited about all of the connections and partnerships we have.” Community relationships are very important to Kristi and she is always ready to listen. She can be reached by calling our Darke County office at 800.417.7535 or 937.548.2999. The board, staff, and volunteers are excited for this transition and for Kristi, “this isn’t just a job, my heart beats for this agency.”