Suncoast Medical Director Li: Create Stabilization in the Face of Expansion

Carol Li, D.O., recently became medical director for Suncoast Hospice, a member of Empath Health. A hospice and palliative board-certified physician, she first joined Suncoast Hospice in 2018, caring for patients in an inpatient care center.  Li received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in New Jersey and completed […]

Tidewell Hospice Rolls Out Large-Scale Virtual Reality Program

Florida-based Tidewell Hospice has initiated a virtual reality program to aid in symptom management as well as help patients cope with social isolation, which has become even more critical and challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic.  An increasing number of hospice providers are incorporating virtual reality technology into patient care to help reduce pain, anxiety and […]

Data, Referral Partnerships Keys to Success in Value-Based Hospice Care

The rising tide of evolving payment models forthcoming in 2021 have hospice providers nationwide bracing for waves of change in end-of-life and serious illness care. As the move towards value-based care takes effect, providers will need to expand referral partnerships and enhance data analysis efforts to improve access to patients and families who could benefit […]

Empath Health Execs: Hospice Hasn’t Skipped a Beat During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many hospices hard both financially and from an operational standpoint.  Many providers have wrangled with supply shortages, dwindling access to personal protective equipment, rising prices, reduced referrals and very limited access to their patients in nursing homes during the outbreak. Hospices also have had to redesign many of their processes […]

Hospices Strategize to Assure Patients that Care Is Safe During Pandemic 

Growing patient and family concerns about safety are among the many challenges the end-of-life care community is facing during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As hospice providers meet patient care needs during the outbreak, an added challenge is alleviating patient concerns about staff coming into the home. As the novel virus continues to spread, so do […]

Hospices Struggle to Access Patients in Nursing Homes Amid Pandemic

With older adults suffering from chronic or life-limiting medical conditions among those most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak, nursing homes across the country are restricting access to their facilities. As a result, hospice providers have experienced difficulty accessing their patients in nursing home settings. Nursing home populations are at the highest risk of being affected […]

Empath Health Community Outreach Director: Connect with Underserved Populations 

Laurie Tillotson-Colbert was recently tapped to be director of provider and community relations for Empath Health, which among other holdings owns and operates Suncoast Hospice in Florida. In this role, Tillotson-Colbert will lead teams who will work to develop professional relationships with care and referral partners as well as community outreach, including engagement with populations that […]

Hospice, Home Care Providers Empath Health and Stratum to Merge 

Empath Health, owner of Suncoast Hospice, and Stratum Health, which operates Tidewell Hospice, plan to merge their two companies with an anticipated integration date of January 2023. The two Florida-based companies intend to build a combined, hospice-based integrated care network that would provide home- and community-based services to patients suffering from serious and chronic disease […]

Suncoast Hospice Expands Healing Oasis Program

Florida-based Suncoast Hospice is expanding its Healing Oasis program, which offers reiki as a complementary therapy to patients’ families and the bereaved. Suncoast Hospice is a member of Empath Health, a nonprofit integrated network of care supporting patients and families challenged by chronic and advanced illness in the Tampa Bay region. The Healing Oasis program […]