Bristol Hospice Appoints Alex Mauricio as New CEO

Alex Mauricio, president and chief strategy officer for Bristol Hospice, has taken the helm as CEO. He succeeds the company’s former top executive, Hyrum Kirton, who has transitioned to the board of directors.

Mauricio became CEO effective Feb. 1, and he will remain the company’s president. Salt Lake City-based Bristol Hospice, a portfolio company of the private equity firm Webster Equity Partners, employs more than 3,000 staff in more than 76 locations across 18 states.

“Hyrum, the board and Webster felt confident the organization and leadership was in a place where he could step back while still having an active role as a board member,” Mauricio told Hospice News in a text message. “He led incredible growth over the years and will continue as a close advisor and board member.”


Before joining Bristol, Mauricio served as vice president with Kindred Hospice and president at Suncrest Hospice. All told, he has worked in health care for 20 years and hospice for 13.

Like many leaders in the space, supporting the workforce will be among his top priorities during 2023.

“I think we’re just building a really great team. It’s critical that we focus on our people, and so from that standpoint, it’s a really exciting time,” Mauricio said. “We’re always looking for great talent, whether it’s clinical, operational or business development. We’re putting a lot of emphasis and resources into our people.”


Last year, Troy Backus became Bristol’s VP of mergers and acquisitions in October, after serving as the company’s vice president of business development since 2007.

A major acquirer, Bristol has completed close to 20 deals since Webster purchased the company in 2017.

Last April, Bristol Hospice acquired Hospice Select in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This followed its March 2022 acquisition of Missouri-based Hope Hospice, and the Dec. 2021 purchase of California-based A Plus Hospice and NorCal Hospice from the same owner. Financial terms for each of these transactions were confidential.

“We always are looking for acquisitions that will bring equity to the company, that make sense for the company,” Mauricio told Hospice News at the Home Care 100 Conference. “We’re always looking for markets where we have some connectivity from a geographical standpoint, and we’re going to be able to go in and essentially just bring great care to that marketplace.”

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