Frontline Honors: Michele Senbertrand, By The Bay Health

Michele Senbertrand, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner for By The Bay Health, has been named a 2023 Frontline Honors honoree by Hospice News. To become a Frontline Honoree, an individual is nominated by their peers. The candidate must be a dedicated, high-performing frontline worker who delivers exceptional experiences and outcomes; a passionate worker who knows how […]

Provider Partnerships Driving Palliative Care Growth

An increasingly diverse base of health care providers have taken an interest in the palliative care space, a trend that could be indicative of how strategic growth is taking shape in the field. As they build out their palliative care programs, many of these organizations are pursuing partnerships to foster coordination and growth. A range […]

To Affiliate or Acquire: Trends in Nonprofit Hospice Consolidation

Recent years have seen an uptick in consolidation activity among nonprofits in the hospice space. Increasingly, nonprofits are pursuing acquisitions and affiliations, as well as forming regional collaboratives. To achieve these kinds of growth, hospices must consider whether they should affiliate or buy another company outright. Each approach comes with benefits and risks. Rising operating […]

[UPDATED] Palliative Care Leaders Expect Continued Growth, Labor and Reimbursement Headwinds in 2024

The palliative care space is at an inflection point at which unprecedented awareness and demand are fueling growth that could be hampered by limited reimbursement and staffing shortages. Palliative Care News spoke with a group of industry leaders about the most impactful forces that will shape the space in the coming year. Some of the […]

2023’s Most Impactful Hospice Deals

A rich mix of hospice merger and acquisition (M&A) activity at the end of 2023 is fueling trends into next year. Hospice M&A activity has diverged from the frenzied pace set in recent years. The hospice space in the last five years has seen record-breaking multiples, a prevalence of private equity-backed platform transactions and large-scale […]

By the Bay Health, Mission Hospice & Home Care, Hope Hospice to Complete Triple Merger

Three independent providers — By the Bay Health, Mission Hospice & Home Care and Hope Hospice — will merge, becoming the largest nonprofit hospice network in northern California. By the Bay and Mission in September announced their plans to merge. In the intervening months, Hope Hospice also joined the transaction. The organizations indicated that joining […]

By the Bay Health CEO Skelly Wingard: The Case for Nonprofit Hospice Consolidation

Nonprofit hospices should consider the benefits of collaborating or combining with like-minded organizations in order to ensure sustainable growth and reach more patients, Skelly Wingard, CEO of By the Bay Health, told Hospice News. Wingard became CEO in June following the departure of her predecessor, Kitty Whitaker. Established more than 45 years ago, By the […]

How Hospices Can Effectively Rebrand

A rising number of hospices have undergone name changes in recent years, prompting many to consider the elements of an effective rebranding strategy. As hospices nationwide develop new services to engage patients further upstream, some are rebranding to reflect their expanded scope and to avoid the word “hospice” in their company names, hoping to ameliorate […]

New Hospice Executives Focused on Technology, Workforce Development

New hospice leaders have indicated that workforce development, efficient technologies and growth in home-based services represent key focus areas for providers during the next few years. Meanwhile, their biggest challenges include regulatory and reimbursement shifts. Hospice News recently sat down with two new hospice executives to discuss some of the biggest opportunities and concerns on […]

By the Bay Health to Merge with Mission Hospice & Home Care

By the Bay Health and Mission Hospice & Home Care recently signed a letter of intent to merge the two California-organizations. Joining forces under one umbrella is a move to beef up their combined presence in an increasingly competitive hospice market, improve access to care and improve quality, according to spokespeople for By The Bay […]