Raelene Kost
Raelene Kost, RN Chief Nursing Officer

Raelene is a Registered Nurse executive serving as CNO of Lacuna Health. Raelene oversees a growing team of RN Nurse Advocates and post-acute care experts, providing patient engagement and discharge planning support to over a million patients and caregivers since 2014. Previous professional and educational experience includes 12 years clinical and leadership experience. Raelene achieved a Baccalaureate in Science of Nursing in 2005. She then completed five years of clinical practice, which included emergency room and critical care bedside nursing, as well as telephonic nursing, where she focused on population health management and primary care coordination. Raelene joined Kindred in 2010, where she oversaw and directed the Central Admissions office for the Cleveland Market, consisting of LTACs, SAUs, and SNFs. In 2014, she initiated the Kindred Contact Center as Director and introduced a consumer-driven, inbound Registered Nurse line. Raelene has also overseen the development of a clinical follow-up program which is focused on reducing patient returns to the acute setting (RTAs). She managed the clinical operations and expansion of the Kindred Contact Center from four employees to over 100. Raelene has extensive knowledge of post-acute care, patient placement and the patient journey including pre-admission, during care and post-discharge. She is currently working on earning her MSN degree from the University of Arizona.