IRVINE, California, 24 April, 2015 – McDermott & Bull, a premier Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced the successful appointment of Mr. Travis Blaser as VP of Operations – Hospice with Silverado, located in Irvine, California.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Jeff Black, Partner, at McDermott & Bull Executive Search. According to Mr. Black, “Travis brings a high energy and high impact profile to Silverado, along with a world-class level of expertise in Hospice – both in terms of effective Operations leadership as well as driving growth through effective business development. While his experience and skillset will be highly valuable, even greater value will accrue to Silverado and those it serves from the outstanding manner in which Travis builds and nurtures great relationships with everyone including patients, peers, superiors and subordinates. He is an ideal fit with the values and priorities of Silverado and he will play a pivotal role in supporting the on-going growth of the organization.”

Mr. Blaser has more than eight years of experience in Hospice administration and executive leadership, following his Master’s degree in Health Services Administration and four years of experience in a Skilled Nursing environment including serving as Nursing Home Administrator. His Hospice administration career began in 2006 when he became Executive Director, Hospice Division for Odyssey Hospice of Rhode Island, building it from $2M to $12M before Odyssey was acquired by Gentiva.

Prior to his placement with Silverado, he worked for Kindred Healthcare as Area Vice President of Operations/Kindred. Additional work experiences have included Heatherwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and South County Nursing & Rehabilitation.

About Silverado

Silverado’s family of caregivers, support staff and administrators in Hospice, At-Home Care and Memory Care Communities is united in its mission to provide dignity, respect and the highest quality of life possible, from their in-home and hospice services to their memory care communities. Top-quality care is more than just a mission statement or business plan to Silverado – it’s a calling that inspires every aspect of operations, all guided by the Love>Fear philosophy on which the company was founded and remains guided today. The company serves through over 3,000 associates nationwide. Silverado’s philosophy is based on a social-model setting with innovative resident programming, including cooking, gardening and woodworking clubs, pet therapy, intergenerational programs and a broad range of other activities that promote cognitive stimulation and the reduction or elimination of medications and restraints. This approach has influenced healthcare providers nationwide and earned numerous awards for Silverado’s services.

About McDermott & Bull

McDermott & Bull, Inc. ( is a retained executive search firm headquartered in Irvine, California. The firm serves both public and privately held clients in a variety of industries and functional areas. McDermott & Bull has developed expertise in fields including Healthcare and Life Sciences, Technology, Aerospace & Defense, Financial Services, Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Restaurants/Retail, the Building Industry, Professional Services, and other areas. Founded by Rodney McDermott and Christopher Bull, the firm specializes in recruiting difficult-to-find and critical senior level talent for its clients. McDermott & Bull has worked with a large number of prestigious clients including Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Western Digital, Golden State Foods, Google, Ducommun, AECOM, Newport Corporation, Panda Restaurant Group, Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks, and Union Bank.