Our MorseLife Health System executive leadership team delivers extensive healthcare and business experience to the seniors and communities we serve. With over 150 years of combined experience, the executive team leads the entire MorseLife organization in its relentless commitment to innovation and excellence in senior care.
With nearly thirty years of senior-level financial management experience in the health care field, Hong S. Chae, CPA, is Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for MorseLife Health System. In this multi-faceted role, Hong represents MorseLife in all financial matters by setting fiscal policy and preparing and directing the reporting and analysis of the organization's financial position.
Hong comes to MorseLife from Judson Services, Inc., a senior care organization in Cleveland, Ohio, where he served for over 15 years as its Vice President of Finance/ Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Finance for Richmond Heights General Hospital in Richmond Heights, Ohio. Earlier in his career, he served as Manager of Cost Accounting for St. Vincent Charity Hospital and Health Center in Cleveland, Ohio and Supervising Senior Accountant for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Company, a certified public accounting firm also in Cleveland.
Hong is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The Healthcare Financial Management Association and the AAHSA Budget & Finance Committee. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University.
As Senior Vice President of Community-Based Services, Dr. Sadowsky is responsible for the overall direction and operations of MorseLife Home Care, which offers skilled and private home health care services; MorseLife's care management and counseling program; and Palm Beach PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for Elderly), the managed care program serving seniors at risk of nursing home placement. He is also responsible for the direction of all research projects and development of grant proposals, and oversees MorseLife Learning Institute.
Dr. Sadowsky is past president of Region IX Palm Beach Treasure Coast Area Agency on Aging. He is a voluntary assistant professor of Medicine Division of Gerontology in Geriatric Medicine, University of Miami Medical School, and an adjunct professor at the Graduate College, Union Institute. Dr. Sadowsky is a member of the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Society on Aging. Dr. Sadowsky completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and his Master's and Doctoral training at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Trisha Hewes leads the MorseLife market development team in increasing business for our on-campus and home-based services.
With an extensive background in business development, Trisha joined MorseLife in 2014 from Southern SNF Management, Inc. in Hollywood, Florida. There, she was Regional Director of Business Development. In this multi-faceted role, she successfully led the sales, marketing and customer service functions for multiple facilities in Florida and Alabama. Prior to that, she was the Regional Sales and Marketing Consultant for Sea Crest Health Care Management, LLC in Tampa, Florida.
She holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is a member of the Bar in New York, Florida and District of Columbia.
Mary Alice Pappas is Senior Vice President of MorseLife Foundation. In her multi-faceted role, Ms. Pappas leads MorseLife’s initiative to build its major gifts, as well as oversee annual and planned giving.
Ms. Pappas joined MorseLife from Northern Trust in Palm Beach where she served for more than seven years as Vice President, Wealth Strategist. Raised in Rochester, Minnesota, she began her career in the shadow of the renowned Mayo Clinic where she gained a deep appreciation for the importance of treating people with utmost respect, dignity and professionalism in the health care setting.
In her role at MorseLife, Ms. Pappas has come full circle – now working for a renowned charitable nonprofit that takes the concept of customer service, care with dignity and highest standards of excellence to grand levels. With more than 30 years of executive leadership experience working for health care, hospitality and financial service industry organizations, Pappas is well known nationally for bringing a hospitality model to healthcare at Intracoastal Health Systems in the 1990s, and for her leadership on many charitable and philanthropic boards including The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Planned Parenthood and Hospice.
Dr. Dhana first joined MorseLife Health System during his fellowship training at Harvard. Upon completion of his post-doctoral studies, he rejoined MorseLife as the Medical Director of the Hospice In-Patient Unit. Dr. Dhana became MorseLife’s full-time Medical Director in August 2004.
As Medical Director, Dr. Dhana is responsible for the overall leadership and supervision of the medical services provided throughout the campus, including Morse Health Center, MorseLife Home Care/Kramer Senior Services Agency and The Tradition of the Palm Beaches.
Dr. Dhana also supervises four geriatric nurse practitioners, hospitalist and the network of sub specialists who treat residents on the Katz campus.
Dr. Dhana is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, the American Medical Directors Association, Palm Beach County Medical Society and the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Care. Dr. Dhana is a voluntary professor of medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and was appointed to the Governor’s Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee in May 2005. Dr. Dhana is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at NOVA Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Merkelj joined MorseLife in 2013 as Medical Director for Palm Beach PACE, a managed care program for seniors at-risk of nursing home placement. As medical director, Dr. Merkelj is responsible for the overall leadership and supervision of the medical services provided to Palm Beach PACE enrollees in its West Palm Beach and Delray Beach sites.
Prior to joining MorseLife Health System, Dr. Merkelj served for 8 years as Medical Director of the Florida PACE Program in Miami, Florida. Dr. Merkelj is a Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, America Board of Geriatric Medicine and a member of the American Geriatrics Society and American College of Physicians.
He received his M.D. from the National University Federico Villarreal in Lima, Peru and completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Saint Agnes Hospital of Baltimore, and a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Duke University Medical Center.
With more than 35 years in the aging services field, the majority in senior living, John K. Jones has been named Senior Vice President of Housing for MorseLIfe Health System.
In this multi-faceted role, Jones will oversee the operation of MorseLife's senior residences, which include the independent and assisted living residence The Tradition at MorseLife, Memory Care Assisted Living, and the Stephen and Petra Levin Tower, which opens in September, 2017.
Prior to joining MorseLife Health System, Jones was Executive Director for Rose Senior Living in Avon, Ohio, and before that, was Vice President of Judson Manor in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Malone University in Ohio.
Joan Bever comes to MorseLife Health System with over 35 years of experience in the planning of events at major venues throughout Palm Beach County. In her role as Vice President of Events, Joan will focus on the planning and execution of MorseLife’s fund raising events.
Prior to joining MorseLife, she maintained an event and hospitality consultancy firm, and worked for 22 years as Director of Food, Beverage and Event Sales for The Breakers. She was also Director of Social Catering for The Ritz Carlton in Palm Beach and Catering Manager for The Boca Raton Resort Club. Joan attended the University of Maryland and Prince George’s Community College.
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