Meet the Leadership at Ascend Hospice
At Ascend Hospice our seasoned executive team has extensive experience in the clinical, financial and business management industries, bringing value to each and every location we serve.
Anthony Spero has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare sales, management and operations within the acute and post-acute health care industries. As president of Ascend, he leads the company’s multi-state operation focused on providing best-in-class hospice, home health and concierge home care services. Previously, Mr. Spero worked as the National Vice President of Sales at Golden Living and also as the Regional Director of Kindred Healthcare. Mr. Spero received his master’s degree in healthcare administration and his MBA in finance from Suffolk University. He is a licensed nursing home administrator and is most proud of his employment as a certified nursing assistant completed very early on in his healthcare career.
Janet Bahl, RN, BA, MBA
Executive Vice President of Clinical Operations
Janet Bahl is a Senior Hospice Executive with successful experience in operations and business development. Her background includes expertise and success in improving quality outcomes, building effective management teams, and over the years, Janet has led many hospice organizations through CHAP accreditation with deemed status.
She is an expert in Hospice and Home Health education with strength in business development.
She has served on many committees including “Hospice of the Future” at The Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology.To further End of Life Care: Technologies to connect Patients, Families and Providers and to control costs.
She has held key positions as ED and Director of Clinical services in Massachusetts and Florida.
Executive Vice President of Patient Access
Sareen Sarna has more than 20 years of healthcare experience in the areas of professional development, marketing and direct sales and management. As a visionary strategist and leader, her role at Ascend Health is threefold- overseeing managed care, programs, and care transitions.All of these serve to increase accessibility to hospice, home health and concierge home care divisions. Though education, social media and program development, her goal is to identify and solve business-critical challenges, strengthen relationships with our healthcare partners, and assist our numerous teams in providing best-in-class programs and services to patients and their families.
Sareen analyzes the need for care programs and underserved populations at end of life. Working with Business Development and Clinical, these programs differentiate Ascend Health from other hospice and home care organizations. She is accountable for program launches and their success measured by increasing access to patients.
Prior to joining Ascend Health, Ms. Sarna had a long and successful career with Bristol-Myers Squibb. She was responsible for creating and implementing the sales and marketing plans for several divisions, from pediatrics to long-term care. Ms. Sarna’s other past positions include Regional Director of Sales for Benchmark Senior Living and Vice President of Care Transitions at Beacon Hospice, a division of Amedisys Hospice and Homecare.
Vice President of Human Resources
Heather Gagliardi is the Vice President of Human Resources at Ascend Home Health, Ascend Hospice and Ascend Concierge Home Care. Prior to joining the Ascend team in January 2013, she held various human resources leadership roles in healthcare, including her time at Concentra. A magna cum laude graduate of Siena College, she received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management. She also received her MBA with a concentration in human resources management from Saint Peter’s University. Ms. Gagliardi also has her Professional in Human Resources certification.