Workforce Retention at Core of AccentCare’s Leadership Change
David Cook, Jr. is stepping into the role of chief people officer at AccentCare.
Cook comes to AccentCare with nearly three decades of human resource experience behind him, including 15 years of senior leadership in health care. He was most recently senior vice president of human resources and chief people officer at Cincinnati-based TriHealth Health System.
“I am eager to utilize and promote the resources available at AccentCare that will attract and retain talent that will grow with the company,” Cook said in an announcement. “I want to celebrate the people who work here and the mission driven work that they accomplish.”
Dallas-headquartered AccentCare’s services span the home-based continuum and include hospice, home health and palliative care, as well as personal and non-medical care, among others. Its staff of 30,000 serve upwards of 210,000 patients across more than 260 locations in 30 states and the District of Columbia.
Cook will be charged with “fostering an environment of opportunity and growth” for AccentCare’s workforce, according to the company. Retention issues have proliferated across the hospice industry, with providers increasingly turning to different solutions to ebb the flow of turnover.
Among his retention strategies will be a focus on investing in staff who want to pursue personal and professional growth, which will lead to better patient outcomes and “a lasting competitive advantage,” for AccentCare, according to Cook.
The company most recently created new employee benefits programs by partnering with Chamberlain University and Walden University. Through the partnership, the company is offering online educational opportunities for staff seeking to advance their career.
“I am thrilled to welcome David onto our executive leadership team with his vast experience, and I know he is excited to dive in to work at AccentCare,” said the company’s CEO Stephan Rodgers in an statement.