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 […]

Empath Health VP: Break Down Demographic Barriers to Hospice Care

Disparities among demographic groups related to access to care, as well as the quality of that care, have been widespread for decades across the health care system, and hospice is no exception. To help their organization address this issue, Clearwater, Fla.-based hospice, palliative care and home health care provider Empath Health has appointed Karen Davis-Pritchett […]

Empath Health Launches Palliative Program for Heart Failure Patients

Clearwater, Fla.-based Empath Health has developed a new population health management program focused on heart failure patients that provides a continuum of services from home health care, palliative care and hospice. The program’s palliative care and hospice staff, including clinicians, home health aides and volunteers receive specialized training in caring for the unique symptom management […]