After 24 years, Good Samaritan Hospice Names Next CEO

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November 08, 2018

Aaron Housh has been named CEO of the only non-profit, community-based hospice serving the Roanoke & New River Valley areas of Virginia.  As the organization’s founder, Sue Moore Ranson, prepares to retire at the end of 2018, Housh becomes only the third CEO in the organization’s history. 

Housh was born and raised in a small town in central Texas. He earned a Bachelor’s of Art in Political Science from Berea College in Kentucky.  After graduation, he accepted a position with a local non-profit hospice organization where he says he “found not only a job, but his passion.” His entire career has been devoted to end of life care where he has gained extensive experience in hospice leadership and operations, serving as the Chief Operating Officer for Hospice of Southern West Virginia and, most recently, the CEO of Burke Hospice and Palliative Care in Valdese, North Carolina.  

“I have a strong belief in and commitment to the mission of community-based hospice,” said Housh.  “I believe that serving others is what each of us is called to do, and ultimately is also the heart of the mission of hospice.  I look forward to working with the team at Good Sam and moving to this beautiful area in Virginia.”
The CEO search committee, charged with upholding Good Sam’s well-established history and mission for the highest quality of care, secured Housh after working diligently to operationalize a succession plan that would strategically accommodate for Good Sam’s founder and CEO’s anticipated retirement.  Housh begins his work with Good Sam in November 2018, allowing for a period of transition while Sue is still on board.
“With fourteen years of hospice experience in a variety of roles, Aaron has a unique perspective on how to grow an organization while staying true to the hospice mission to give patients and families the best possible care at the end of life,” said Kay Hix, Good Sam’s board chair. 
“I whole-heartedly believe God is calling me to open a new chapter in my life and that He has called Aaron to Good Sam,” said Ranson.  “Aaron is deeply committed to the non-profit, community-based hospice’s role and he will be a vibrant, creative, servant-leader for Good Sam’s next chapter.” 

Good Samaritan Hospice is the only community-based, not-for-profit hospice serving the Roanoke and New River valleys. Good Samaritan provides a holistic approach to health care that provides hospice and grief support to patients, families and community members regardless of ability to pay. To learn more, visit
2408 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 24018 – 540.776.0198              
1160 Moose Drive, Christiansburg, VA 24073 – 540.381.317