Susan Beard Brouillette is the Chief Executive Officer of Alacare Home Health & Hospice. She joined Alacare full-time in 1988, serving first as the Director of Community Relations and Education, then as Associate Director of Administrative Services, and Chief Operating Officer. She became CEO in 2002.
Brouillette earned a B.S. degree from Birmingham-Southern College in 1986. She went on to earn Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Public Health from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1988.
Susan Brouillette’s leadership has led to Alacare being recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal as one of the area’s "Top 100 Privately Held Corporations". Alacare is on the Birmingham Business Journal list of the largest women-owned businesses in the Birmingham area. In 2002, Brouillette was honored as one of the Birmingham Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40,” and in 2006, she was recognized as one of the “Top Women in Business in Birmingham.”
Brouillette serves on the Board of Directors of the Hospice and Home Health Fund of Alabama (HHHFA), Alacare’s non-profit organization, which provides monetary assistance to help hospice and home health patients throughout the state stay in their homes. This aid is available to any qualifying homebound or hospice patient in Alabama—not just Alacare patients. Brouillette is a tireless fundraiser for the HHHFA, which has a special place in her heart because it was founded by her parents, Mary Sue and Charles D. Beard, Jr.
In her work at Alacare, Brouillette sees every day the need for terminally and critically ill patients to receive adequate management of their pain and other symptoms. With that in mind she, along with her brother, John G. Beard, spearheaded the fundraising effort for the UAB Center for Palliative Care. They also sponsor the Alacare Family Room at the Center.
In November of 2010, Brouillette received the Stevie Award for Best Executive, an honor given by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. This international competition, produced by the creators of the prestigious American Business Awards, recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding women executives and entrepreneurs.
Susan Brouillette is also an active member and past president and treasurer of the Shades Valley Rotary Club, providing hands-on assistance to local groups, and working directly with the Rotary Interact Club at Mountain Brook High School. In 2005, she received the Shades Valley Rotary Club’s 2005 Vocational Achievement Award. She also serves on the Board of the American Cancer Society, and feels strongly about supporting their community education and outreach. In 2006, she was the co-chairperson of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama Founders Dinner, which raised funds to build a new house for critically ill children and their families to stay in during treatment.
Brouillette served on the board of directors of ElevatingHOME, helping to launch the non-profit (501(c)6) industry organization that seeks to advocate for high-quality, affordable home-based health care.
Brouillette feels strongly that successful people need to nurture the next generation of business professionals, and as such, she participates in events like the UAB School of Public Health Alumni Career Round Table.