Florida’s Hospice of Marion County Affiliates with Empath Health

Florida-based Hospice of Marion County (HMC) will affiliate with the nonprofit senior services provider Empath Health. The two organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to begin the process. Empath Health is the parent company of Tidewell Hospice, Suncoast Hospice, and Suncoast Hospice of Hillsborough. This year, the State of Florida issued certificates of […]

Empath Health’s New Chief Medical Executives; HopeWest CEO Retires

Empath Health appoints chief medical executives Florida-based Empath Health recently appointed two new chief medical executives. Dr. Carol Li serves as its chief mission medical administrative officer, and Dr. Neville Sarkari as its chief mission medical affairs officer. In these roles, both will be crucial to the company’s clinical staff retention capabilities, according to Empath […]

Empath Health CEO Sciullo: Keep Hospice Energized, Focused on Patients

Empath Health CEO Rafael Sciullo recently received the prestigious Galen Miller Leadership Award at the National Hospice Foundation’s annual gala in Maryland. Empath Health is the parent company of Tidewell Hospice and Suncoast Hospice, and offers a range of other senior care services. The company merged with Stratum Health in 2020. The National Hospice Foundation, […]

Empath Health Expands Hospice Services in Florida

Empath Health recently announced that its affiliate organization Empath Hospice has received a green light to begin offering services across three counties in central Florida, expanding the company’s presence in that market. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) granted the provider initial certificate of need approval to begin delivering hospice care services in […]

Tidewell Hospice Unveils First of Three New Grief Centers

Florida-based Tidewell Hospice recently opened doors to a new bereavement center in its home state. Though plans to renovate the former Ellenton Hospice House were long in the works, a growing need for community bereavement support during the pandemic helped to push forward construction on the revamped space, now the Tidewell Family Grief Center. Through […]

Empath Health’s Lynne Craver: Benefits of Hospice Tech Limited Only by Imagination

The technical landscape of hospice could be a key factor to delivering effective and quality clinical care, according to Lynne Craver, Empath Health’s recently appointed chief mission implementation officer. Craver is among the new echelon of Empath Health’s executive leadership following last year’s merger with Stratum Health. The two Florida-based companies joined forces last February, […]

Empath Health’s Executive Team Takes Shape Following Merger with Stratum

Empath Health is assembling its senior leadership team as it moves forward with integration following last year’s move to merge with Stratum Health. Executive-level positions will oversee strategy and integration, operations, legal affairs and finance areas of the recently created nonprofit hospice provider.  The two Florida-based companies combined forces last February in a merge that […]

Suncoast Hospice VP Pruitt: Staff Shortage Is Providers’ Greatest Challenge

As vice president of Florida-based Suncoast Hospice, Marci Pruitt oversees 11 interdisciplinary patient care teams, three inpatient units, bereavement and integrated medicine services. She entered the hospice field in 1985 as a nurse providing direct patient care and rose through the ranks to her current vice president role in 2007. Suncoast Hospice is a subsidiary […]

Empath, Stratum Rebrand Post-Merger

Post-acute health care providers Empath Health and Stratum Health System, which merged late last year, will be moving forward under the Empath Health brand. The merger made the combined company the largest nonprofit post-acute health system in the United States. The company’s hospice subsidiaries —Tidewell Hospice and Suncoast Hospice — will not rebrand. Their merged […]

Hospices to Adapt to Primary Care Role Under Direct Contracting

Hospices nationwide have been diversifying their services in recent years to capitalize on value-based payment models and to establish relationships with patients further upstream in the course of their illnesses. An increasing number of hospice providers are offering PACE, home-based primary care, and palliative care, among others. These programs will be essential for those considering […]