Compass Regional Hospice Promotes RNs to Leadership Team – Missy Willis, RN and Christie Gessford, RN.

| January 10, 2016 | 0 Comments


Christie Gessford, RN


Missy Willis

Missy Willis, RN


Two nurses were recently promoted to positions on the Compass Regional Hospice Leadership Team. Christie Gessford, RN, is now director of clinical services, and Missy Willis, RN, is quality manager.

Christie Gessford, a resident of Centreville, joined Compass Regional Hospice in 2014 as a nurse in the Hospice Center based in Centreville. She was responsible for providing care to patients admitted to the Hospice Center for residential and general inpatient care. In 2015 she became the quality manager and is now the director of clinical services. In her new role Gessford oversees all of the nursing functions related to providing patient care, including patient referral, admissions, and nursing services offered in private residences, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. She also manages the operations of the Centreville Hospice Center and the Caroline Hospice Home in Denton.

Gessford earned her nursing degree from Anne Arundel Community College. She began her nursing career as an oncology nurse at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. Prior to coming to Compass Regional Hospice she was a critical care charge nurse for 10 years at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

Missy Willis, a resident of Chestertown, has been a hospice nurse for 28 years. After graduating from the Nursing School of Wilmington she worked for the Kent County Health Department as a hospice nurse for Kent Home Health and Hospice. In 2001 Willis came to Hospice of Queen Anne’s (now Compass Regional Hospice), where she has earned a reputation as an accomplished hospice nurse, who is respected by her colleagues and the patients and families that she serves.

As the quality manager, Willis ensures that the operations of Compass Regional Hospice meet the highest standards of state and national regulatory compliance. She also identifies opportunities for process improvement that maintain the agency’s reputation as a leader in the delivery of all aspects of hospice care.

“Christie and Missy are two of the best nurses I have worked with in my 20 years of hospice nursing,” says Heather Guerieri, RN, MSN, CHPN, executive director, Compass Regional Hospice. “They are role models for how to bring our values – affirmation of life through respect, compassion, trust and commitment – into every interaction with patients, family members, caregivers, and their Compass colleagues and volunteers.”


Compass Regional Hospice provides hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties. For more information, call 443-262-4100


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