3 Nonprofit Hospice Providers to Watch in 2023

Though nonprofit hospices now represent a smaller slice of the industry than in years past, they continue to care for more than half of patients in the United States who elect the benefit. The number of hospices operating nationwide rose to 5,358 in 2021, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). This is a […]

Tidewell Hospice Develops Simulation Lab for Clinical Training

Tidewell Hospice, an affiliate of Empath Health, has enhanced its clinical training program with a simulation lab in its Bradenton, Florida location. The lab is designed to give new hospice clinicians hands-on experience and hone their skills before they go out to engage directly with patients and families. A centerpiece of the lab is two […]

Empath Health Expands With De Novo, Veterans’ Adult Day Center

The Florida-based nonprofit Empath Health has expanded with a new multi-service location as well as an adult day center oriented around the needs of veterans. The de novo, located in Florida’s Hillsborough County, initially will house a branch of the Empath affiliate Suncoast Hospice. The organization also plans to add home health, medical services, grief […]

Former VITAS Manager Becomes VP of Operations; Hawaii E.D. Doc Turns Hospice Medical Director

Former VITAS Manager Returns to Fill Operational VP Role Chemed Corporation (NYSE: CHEM) subsidiary VITAS Healthcare recently named Laury Bliss as its new vice president of operations in southern California. She returns to the company after nearly three years at the helm of San Diego-based The Elizabeth Hospice as its chief strategy officer. Prior to […]

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, […]

Hospices Adapt As Volunteers Return to a Changing Landscape

Volunteers stand alongside the many other unsung heroes of hospice care, providing essential services that have seen massive disruption during the pandemic. As infection numbers begin to fall, providers are re-mobilizing their volunteer corps, applying lessons learned during the pandemic. Hospices have kept volunteers as engaged as they could, often through the nearly ubiquitous virtual […]

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 […]