CAROLYN CASSIN:
 
CAROLYN CASSIN




 
 
 
 
 
President and CEO of the Michigan Women's Foundation in Grosse Pointe Farms, which helps women and girls realize their dreams of economic self-sufficiency and social equality. In 1983, Cassin was part of a group that helped guide the first Medicare reimbursement for hospice care successfully through Congress. Since then, she has advanced both the quality and accessibility of hospice care and leadership development for struggling organizations. In addition to her work with the foundation, Cassin continues to lead the National Hospice Work Group (NHWG) 17 years after becoming one of its founding members. A coalition of executives from some of the nation's largest and most innovative hospices, NHWG works to increase access to hospice and palliative care. Prior to the foundation, Cassin led Continuum Hospice Care in New York to profitability, and it became New York's largest hospice. Previously, in 2001, Cassin took a one-year appointment to oversee Michigan's $1.5 billion Medicaid managed care program, providing healthcare to more than one million Medicaid recipients. During 10 years as president and CEO of Hospice of Michigan in Detroit, Cassin headed the acquisition and merger of 11 hospice programs, thereby creating the nation's first and largest statewide hospice program, serving 5,000 patients and their families each year. While overseeing a staff of 800, as well as running a statewide fund-raising program, pharmacy, and a hospice computer software company, she turned the agency around fiscally. Under her leadership, Hospice of Michigan established the state's first freestanding, specialty-built hospice facility. Cassin also served as chair and president of the National Hospice Organization (NHO) and received its first "Heart of Hospice Award" in 1993. In 2005, she served as a trustee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, which honored her with its 2006 Founder's Award. Cassin served 199799 as a governor-appointed trustee of Ferris State University. Other recognitions include the American Hospital Association's "Circle of Life" award for innovation in 2006, and Crain's Detroit Business' "Best Managed Non-Profit" award in1994, and one of "Detroit's 100 Most Influential Women" in 1997. Cassin received her bachelor's degree in political science from Miami University, an MPA from Western Michigan University, and a three-year national leadership fellowship from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to study health care systems throughout the world.


WHERE BORN: “Celina, a small town in northwest Ohio.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “My grandmother and my mother, who were both strong and influential women, taught me I could be anything I wanted to be and do anything.”

LAST BOOK READ:The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. Its about if we all used checklists, we wouldn't make any mistakes.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Innovator, risk-taker, enthusiastic, energetic, positive.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “It's a very exciting time for women. In 2010, women became more than 51 percent of the American workforce, which unleashed an entire new way of thinking. We became dominant workers. We're just at the tipping point of women starting to realize economic power and influence. The foundation helps support women to help change the world so it will be a more humane and rational place.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “My Kindle. I have my entire library at my fingertips all the time. It's wonderful.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “My front porch looking out over Lake St. Clair, and the Moorea Islands in the South Sea near Tahiti.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “I love to ski, travel, and read.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Thai food.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I would like to think that it's dancing but I'm not sure.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “That I made a difference and that my time on Earth mattered; that I changed the life of someone or something that made the world a better place.”