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Hospice of the Piedmont Names Nancy Littlefield as New Chief Executive Officer

Littlefield brings decades of experience and passion to Virginia’s 4th largest hospice


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – September 8, 2023 – After a nationwide search, the Hospice of the Piedmont Board of Directors announced today they have named Nancy Littlefield, DNP, MSHA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, as the organization’s next President & Chief Executive Officer.  Littlefield assumes the role as Ron Cottrell, current President & CEO, retires.

“I am thrilled to be joining Hospice of the Piedmont and look forward to guiding the team to continue delivering on our mission and transforming how our community views and experiences the end-of-life,” said Littlefield.

Littlefield has a deep breadth of experience in healthcare, particularly in hospice and palliative care.  Most recently, she served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Riverside Health System.  She led clinical and financial operations, as well as service outcomes, across a five-hospital system, including nine long-term care facilities and hospice/palliative care services. Prior to that, she was the Chief Nursing Officer for Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center and has also served in leadership positions both for Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care and Capital Hospice, now Capital Caring.

 “This is a critical time for our nation’s hospices. As the baby boomer generation approaches the end of life and more people realize the remarkable benefits of hospice, the demand for hospice and palliative care will continue to increase. Throughout the search process, it was imperative to the board to find someone who could provide strong leadership and direction to ensure the continued success of Hospice of the Piedmont,” said Chris Little, Chair, Hospice of the Piedmont Board of Directors. “I look forward to the new perspectives and ideas Nancy will bring to our organization and am excited about the next chapter.”

Littlefield has called Virginia home for more than 30 years.  She received her Bachelor of Nursing from George Mason University, a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a DNP from Old Dominion University.

“I look forward to being part of the wonderful legacy that Hospice of the Piedmont brings to our community,” said Littlefield.

Littlefield will officially start on October 2nd.

About Hospice of the Piedmont

Hospice of the Piedmont (HOP) is a community-based nonprofit offering expert care and peaceful resolution to Virginia families for over 40 years. Based in Charlottesville, HOP cares for patients with serious illness and their families during the final months of life and offers grief and bereavement services to the entire community. HOP serves residents in Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison Nelson, Orange, and Rappahannock counties, as well as the cities of Charlottesville, Waynesboro, and Staunton.


Jeremy Jones, Communications Manager
Hospice of the Piedmont