President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Cottrell previously worked as Vice President of Business Development, Blue Ridge Region of Sentara Healthcare, serving Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital (Charlottesville) and Sentara RMH Medical Center (Harrisonburg). During his time at Martha Jefferson Hospital, Mr. Cottrell also worked as Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Planning and Corporate Development.
Mr. Cottrell is the incoming chair of the Board for the Virginia Association for Hospice and Palliative care and is a board member for the Martha Jefferson Hospital, Physician/ Hospital Organization; and has been chair of the Board of the Martha Jefferson Outpatient Surgery Center; former chair of Physical Therapy at ACAC; Ron has served as chair, Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development and has been on the Board of the Charlottesville/Albemarle Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Cottrell graduated from Central Michigan University and received a Master’s of Business Administration degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Mr. Cottrell and his wife, Dawn, live in Charlottesville and have four sons.
Timothy Short, MD, HMDC, FAAFP, FAAHPM
Chief Medical Officer & Director of the Education Institute
Dr. Timothy Short is the Chief Medical Officer, as well as Director of the Education Institute. Dr. Short served as the first Chief Medical Officer for Hospice of the Piedmont from 2008 – 2010. He comes to HOP from the University of Virginia, where he was an associate professor of medicine in palliative care.
Dr. Short brings a tremendous amount of clinical and educational experience to his role. He has been a family medicine doctor for more than 20 years, with certifications in both family practice and palliative care and hospice. Dr. Short was on the 2019-20 Best Doctors in America ® list and has numerous honors and awards spanning two decades. In 2020, he was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow to the National Academies of Practice. In 2019, he was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award by Family Medicine Residents at UVa.
Dr. Short attended Duke University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with his B.A. in Religion. He went on to receive his medical degree from Duke, as well. His family practice residency took place at the University of Virginia. Over the course of his career, he has worked and taught for hospitals and practices locally and in Illinois. His work has been published many times over and he has been invited to give lectures and symposiums across the U.S. He is active in the local community, most recently serving as co-director of Schwartz Rounds at UVA; as course director for Healer’s Art Fourth-Year; as faculty for the Heart of Medicine IPE course; on the planning committee for the Haney Interprofessional Conference for Compassionate Care at the End of Life; and on the steering committee of the Center for Appreciative Practice.
Chief Financial Officer
Mike Smith, MBA, LSSGB, is a seasoned healthcare executive with financial and operational experience in both the acute and post-acute sector, and most recently served as CFO/COO for a nonprofit hospice in Western North Carolina and was the CFO of a collaborative network.
Mike is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Appalachian State University, with an MBA from Charleston Southern University.
Mike and his wife Clare live in Charlottesville, and are the proud parents of four children.
Patti Dewberry, BSN, RN, CHPN
Director of Clinical Services
Director of Clinical Services
Ms. Dewberry joined Hospice of the Piedmont as a Clinical Services Manager and has held several other roles with the organization. She is a Six Sigma Green Belt and holds certifications in Case Management and Geriatric Case Management.
Ms. Dewberry brings two decades of nursing leadership to Hospice of the Piedmont, with the majority of her career focused on designing, implementing, and overseeing innovative programs to help seniors retain their independence and age in place.
Prior to joining Hospice of the Piedmont, Ms. Dewberry was the Director of Clinical Operations for Locus Health in Charlottesville, VA (2013-2018), and United HealthCare/Optum in Long Beach, CA (2004-2013).
Patti earned her BSN through Western Governors University and is currently pursuing her MSN in Management and Leadership, also through Western Governors University. She lives in Charlottesville and in her spare time enjoys exploring Virginia with her husband and daughter, and is an aspiring fiber artist.
Director of Human Resources
Director of Business Development
Ms. Pearson previously served as project manager for Alliant Techsystems. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has held numerous roles at Hospice of the Piedmont.
When not working, Ms. Pearson enjoys spending time with her three children and four grandchildren, as well as tending to her herb and flowers gardens.