AMOREM’s New Director of Faith Outreach: Build Community Relationships to Boost Hospice Access

Hospices are reaching an inflection point when it comes to breaking down communication barriers around spiritual care among underserved communities, according to William Williamson, who recently became the new director of faith outreach at AMOREM. North Carolina-based AMOREM provides hospice care across 12 counties in the northwestern region of the state. The nonprofit hospice provider […]

How Hospices Are Innovating Clinical Onboarding

Having peer-support and employee feedback loops are key pieces in some hospices’ onboarding models. Rising demand for hospice amid prolific clinical workforce shortages has providers laser-focused on effective recruitment and retention strategies. Onboarding processes have an important role in preparing hospice clinicians for the nuances of providing end-of-life care. Hospices have taken varied approaches to […]

‘Suncoast’ Film Points a Lens at Hospice Families’ Experience

The recently released independent feature film, “Suncoast,” tells the story of a teenage girl and her mother wrestling with the approaching death of their sibling and son, respectively. The film is based on director Laura Chinn’s personal experience as her brother Max received inpatient care at the Suncoast Hospice Care Center, an actual facility operated […]

Quality, Culture Are Watchwords for Hospices in 2024

Amid intensified regulatory scrutiny, staffing headwinds and shifts towards value-based care, hospices need to ensure that they’ve made a strong commitment to quality and to foster a positive workplace culture, according to hospice leaders. Though many hospices have seen staffing volumes improve, competition for clinicians remains high and has providers grappling for ways to gain […]

Big Bend Hospice Launches New Hospital-Based Inpatient Unit

Florida-based Big Bend Hospice has unveiled a new inpatient hospice unit on the third floor of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital (TMH). Dubbed the First Commerce Center for Compassionate Care, the unit is designed to expand end-of-life services to a mostly rural eight-county service area in Florida, where Big Bend has operated for more than 40 years. […]

VNHS Leveraging Tech to Optimize Hospice Patient Experience

After 75 years of service, Georgia-based hospice provider Visiting Nurse Health System (VNHS) has its sights set on the future. Founded in 1948, the organization was the first home-based care provider to operate in Georgia, and in 1975 launched the state’s first hospice program. A major goal for 2024 will be to maximize the benefits […]

VITAS Healthcare Strengthens Executive Team with Key Promotions in Hospice Operations, HME Department

VITAS Healthcare, one of the largest providers of hospice and palliative care services in the U.S., has announced the promotion of several executives to key positions within its leadership team. Announced Tuesday, the promotions bump Kathleen Coronado, Anthony Cosma, Mario De La Rosa and Angela Hamrick up to vice president roles at VITAS. Broadly, the […]

Pathways Hospice Achieves Design Excellence with Inpatient Center

When leaders at Colorado-based Pathways Hospice sat down to design its first standalone inpatient center, they sought to build a facility that embodied the core values of hospice care — an interdisciplinary approach that includes care for both the patient and the family. Pathways, and its center, was among the recipients of this year’s Architecture […]

Hospice Facilities Launch Amid Shuttering Programs

Sarah Bush Lincoln Opens New Hospice Illinois-based Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospice recently opened a new inpatient facility. Located in Mattoon, Illinois, the Willow Breeze Hospice House features eight patient rooms with private bathrooms. Both adult and pediatric hospice patients are eligible to receive general inpatient care (GIP) at the center. Sarah Bush Lincoln announced the […]

New Executives Take the Helm at AccentCare, Blue Ridge, Androscoggin, Good Samaritan

AccentCare Appoints New EVP, CMO Dr. Balu Natarajan has become AccentCare’s new executive vice president and chief medical officer. Natarajan’s role expanded after previously serving as the post-acute company’s chief medical officer for hospice since 2005. In addition to oversee AccentCare’s hospice and palliative care programs, he will also support its clinical care operations and […]