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Another Avenue for Uplifting the Lives of Our Patients and Their Families

Hospice of St. Francis' Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center accepted the first patient in March 2014. The Care Center is located at 1240 Grissom Parkway, Titusville, FL 32780. The Care Center is a 12-suite full service hospice care facility, with the following features:

  • A 15, 000 square foot facility that provides short-term acute symptom management for hospice patients - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Each of the 12 suites provides adequate space for family members to visit and be complete with a private 10 x 10 porch.
  • Two of the suites are for isolation, and one is equipped for bariatric care.
  • The grounds have a landscaped path.
  • The care center building includes a chapel, a playroom for children and a kitchenette for the families.
Hospice of St. Francis sought a Certificate of Need from the State of Florida in late 2011 and received notice of approval in February 2012. The Hospice Care Center is the only facility of its type in North Brevard.

Emilie Sasko, RN, the founder of Hospice of St. Francis, was in attendance at the Ground Breaking Ceremony in November 2013. She passed away in our care in early 2014, but she had the opportunity to see her dream for our organization come to fruition.


Hospice is a concept of care, not a place. Hospice provides support and care for persons in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and as comfortably as possible. Hospice recognizes dying as part of the normal process of living and focuses on maintaining the quality of remaining life.

The Principles of Hospice Care are:

  • Palliative care (care which enhances comfort and improves quality of life) to all terminally ill persons with less than six months prognosis.
  • Concern for the patient and family as the unit of care.
  • Management of care by an experienced team of clinical professionals.
  • Full range of supportive care.
  • Bereavement follow-up.
  • A holistic approach that includes the physical, social, psychological, emotional and spiritual components of a human being.

Hospice of St. Francis, Inc.

Care for for loved ones.

Our Hospice of St. Francis purpose is care, compassion and comfort for Brevard residents nearing end-of-life, and their families.

Hospice of St. Francis serves terminally ill patients who wish to die at home, where ever they call home, as free from pain as possible. Their physical, emotional and spiritual needs – and those of their families – are met by our professional caregivers, men and women whose lives are dedicated to patient care.

Hospice of St. Francis, serving all of Brevard, is our county's oldest and only independent not-for-profit hospice. We invite you to learn more about Hospice of St. Francis services and what they mean to you and the people important to you. Care for for loved ones. It's what we do at Hospice of St. Francis.

Hospice of St. Francis was started in 1977. Emily Sasko, R.N., created Hospice of St. Francis because of the need she saw for higher levels of care, understanding and compassion for patients nearing the end of their lives. Local, independent and non-profit, Hospice of St. Francis was licensed in 1990 as a provider of services for Medicare and Medicaid patients. Our purpose throughout our history: serving Brevard's terminally ill residents with compassionate, quality care and giving support to their loved ones.

The hospice has grown from our early days as a volunteer-only provider to today having a professional staff of over 100 and dozens of dedicated, highly trained and experienced volunteers. HOSF serves all of Brevard County with our corporate office located at 1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville Florida 32780 and a field office located at 4875 N. Wickham Rd., Suite 104, Melbourne, FL 32940. We can be reached at: 321-269-4240 or toll free at: 866-269-4240, fax: 321-269-5428.




BREVARD COUNTY, FL -- The Women's Center Guild will host the 18th Annual To Serve With Love Women's Tennis fundraiser on Thursday, January 8, 2015. The event, a Women's Doubles Tennis Round Robin, will be held at several locations in south Brevard, including Eau Gallie Yacht Club, Kiwi Tennis Club, Suntree Country Club, Lansing Island, Tortoise Island and DeSoto. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the player's assigned court. A social and silent auction will be held at 11:30 a.m., followed by a 12:30 p.m. luncheon at the Hilton Rialto Melbourne located at 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne 32901. Winner recognition, prize drawings and raffles will be conducted at the luncheon.

Registration can be completed online at Players will be notified by phone of court assignment prior to day of play. All proceeds benefit the Women's Center in Brevard located at 1425 Aurora Rd., Melbourne 32935.

The Women's Center in Brevard is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization serving women and their families by providing support, education, counseling, information and services. The Center is staffed by a dedicated group of professionals and volunteers committed to helping those in need in Brevard County. More than 13,000 calls for help are answered each year. For more information on programs and services, call 321-242-3110 or visit

Mina Zeini, MD Named as an Inspirational Leader
in Hospice and Palliative Medicine Under 40

BREVARD COUNTY, FL - Mina Zeini, MD, Medical Director at the Hospice of St. Francis Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center, was named an inspirational leader in hospice and palliative medicine under the age of 40 by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).

Dr. Mina Zeini of Hospice of St. Francis AAHPM asked its 5,000 members to nominate individuals who are the young leaders in the field. Dr. Mina Zeini is one of these physicians recognized by her peers for innovation in and dedication to the medical specialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and AAHPM. Award winners will be recognized at the AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly in Philadelphia, PA in February 2015.

"These individuals are enhancing care for seriously ill patients and their families through innovation, education, mentoring and clinical care," noted Jean S. Kutner, MD MSPH FAAHPM, president of the Academy.

Hospice and palliative medicine is the medical specialty that focuses on improving quality of life and relieving pain and other symptoms in seriously ill patients. Palliative care can and should be provided to patients who continue to receive treatments to try to cure or control their disease, regardless of their prognosis. Hospice is a specific type of palliative care for patients whose life expectancy is likely to be six months or less. Hospice and palliative care also helps patients and families understand their treatment options and make decisions about their care, and provides information on spiritual and psychosocial services, support for family and caregivers and grief counseling.

Mina Zeini, MD received her medical degree from the University of Florida in 2001 and completed her Family Medicine Residency serving as Chief Resident in 2004. Her Geriatric Fellowship training was completed at Florida Hospital where she was preceptor to Medical Students, Residents and Fellows. Her expertise earned her the position of Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Geriatrics at Florida State University. She is also a volunteer faculty at University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Zeini is certified in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine, Geriatrics and Family Medicine by the American Board of Medical Specialties and is a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care by the American Medical Directors Association. She is passionate about achieving excellence in end-of-life care.

"This award is a highlight in my career and is a reflection of my commitment to Geriatrics and end-of-life care in particular," stated Dr. Mina Zeini. "I truly feel it is an honor and privilege to assist patients and families in very difficult times. I am humbled that my colleagues chose me to receive such a prestigious award."

More information on this Award, including the list of the award winners, visit the Academy's website


BREVARD COUNTY, FL - Hospice of St. Francis (HOSF) is seeking caring people who would like to become hospice volunteers. We are in need of assistance for the following: respite care for families, making friendly visits to hospice patients and military services. Volunteer opportunities are also available in other capacities throughout Brevard County. No previous experience is needed. Training is provided at no cost to the participants.

North Brevard Volunteer Training will be held at 1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville 32780 on Monday, February 9, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Wednesday, February 11 and Monday, February 16, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

South Brevard Volunteer Training will be held at 4875 N. Wickham Rd., St. 108, Melbourne 32940 on Friday, February 13, Wednesday, February 18 and Friday, February 20, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information and to register for the volunteer training classes, please call Vicky Hamilton, North County Volunteer Coordinator, or Mary Larson, South County Volunteer Coordinator, at 321-269-4240 or 866-269-4240 (toll free).


CENTRAL & NORTH BREVARD, FL – Hospice of St. Francis will be offering Caregiving Education and Resource classes for current and future caregivers, their family and friend helpers. The training program consists of six-90 minute classes held twice a week for three weeks.

January Classes will be held at Sunflower House, located in Merritt Square Mall, Merritt Island 32952. This class series begins Monday, January 12, 2015 and concludes Thursday, January 29, 2015. Classes will be held on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

February Classes will be held at Indian River United Methodist Church, 1355 Cheney Hwy, Titusville 32780. This class series begins Monday, February 2, 2015 and concludes Thursday, February 19, 2015. Classes will be held on Mondays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

All classes were developed nationally in response to the issues caregivers, themselves, identified. Each class focuses on different issues a caregiver will face. Hospice of St. Francis' programs and training classes are offered free of charge to Brevard County residents.

To register, please contact Barbara Borman, RN at 321-269-4240 x3452 , toll free at 866-269-4240 or e-mail her at


Brevard County, FL – The Space Coast Chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAFSC) announced the members of the 2014-2015 Board of Directors. The new board represents a diverse group of Brevard County advertising professionals that were installed at the member meeting held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.

The 2014-2015 Officers include, Jackie Barker, SKY Advertising, President; Eric Needle, Artemis IT, Vice President; Pam Kaercher, MTN Advertising, Treasurer and Terry Stone, Hospice of St. Francis, Secretary. General Members of the Board include, Tammy Wood, MTN Advertising, Immediate Past President; Josh Adams, RockPaperSimple; Cathy Bell, Your Logo by Geiger; Karina Connor, Cumulus Broadcasting; Madison Conradis, Your Logo by Geiger; Joel Davis, 20/20 Media; Lori L'Heureux, MTN Advertising; Susan McGrath, United Way of Brevard; Anna Palermo, Bright House; Caron Partridge, United Way of Brevard; Melissa Stockstill, Kennedy Space Center; Bill Williams, A Cut Above Video and Amelia Woodbridge, Marketing Consultant.

The American Advertising Federation is the nation's oldest national advertising trade association representing all facets of the advertising industry. The Space Coast Chapter, a local chapter in the Fourth District, has been in existence for 40 years. The members represent agencies, corporate marketing departments, broadcast and print media companies and industry suppliers. AAFSC sponsors a variety of programs, including meetings featuring industry-related speakers, professional development workshops, educational seminars, scholarships, public service initiatives, social events and local award competitions recognizing excellence in advertising. For more information about the American Advertising Federation, Space Coast Chapter, please visit


Joseph Killian: Hospice of St. Francis's new Chief Executive Officer (Titusville, Florida) Joseph Killian has been chosen by the board of Hospice of St. Francis to become the organization's Chief Executive Officer, effective December 1, 2014. Until this appointment Killian was the CEO of Hospice of Southwest Ohio in Cincinnati, Ohio.

"Killian is an experienced senior hospice executive with a record of achievement distinguished by a strong strategic vision," said Tony Hurt, board chairman for Hospice of St. Francis. "He impressed us with his exceptional relationship-building skills and his proven ability to run a complex organization effectively."

As CEO, Killian will be responsible for the direction and implementation of all hospice services, ensuring quality patient care while maintaining financial viability.

"We have found Killian to be a strong, 'hands-on' leader," said Kim Rodriguez, a member of the board of directors for Hospice of St. Francis. "He communicates well across managerial, staff and functional lines. And he has strong financial and analytical skills with the ability to make the decisions that will help move our organization forward."

Killian's work history contains several executive positions in Cincinnati, including company ownership in Benefit Plans Risk Management, Inc.; COO of S & S Healthcare Strategies; Director of Geriatric Services & Operations for the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati (a six hospital health system); General Manager of VITAS innovative Hospice Care and the CEO of Hospice of Southwest Ohio.

During his tenure at various organizations in Cincinnati, Killian:

  • Successfully led a major hospice regional office and increased the program by more than 600 patients
  • Developed Southwest Ohio's first non-hospice palliative care program with more than 1000 patients in Southwest Ohio
  • Developed the first geriatric house call program utilizing physicians and nurse practitioners for a 6 hospital healthcare system.
  • Developed telemedicine program for hospice patients suffering from congestive heart failure.
  • Developed the first robotic program and improved patient care provided at the In Patient Unit.
"Killian brings the skills needed to be an effective CEO for Hospice of St. Francis," said Rodriguez, "And he understands how important it is for our Brevard residents to have a locally-owned, not-for-profit option for hospice care. That independence allows our people to make decisions from the heart because it is what is right for the patient. The board is confident that Joseph Killian will continue this long tradition at Hospice of St. Francis."

June 4, 2014


Viera, FL - Viera Manor Assisted Living will be hosting The Caregiver Connection at their facility located at 3325 Breslay Drive, Melbourne 32940. The Caregiver Connection is a monthly support group designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers of people suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. The group will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. and the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.

Upon request, respite care will be provided by Home Health of Florida, while caregivers attend a meeting. Register for meetings, request respite care during the meeting and for more information, contact Jessica Brassard, LPN, at 802-338-6762.

Elizabeth Galfo, M.D. Earns Fellow Status from the
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Elizabeth Galfo, M.D. TITUSVILLE, FL -- Elizabeth Galfo, M.D., of Titusville, FL, earned the designation Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). The Academy is the professional organization for physicians who care for patients with serious illness. Advancement to fellowship status within the academy honors dedication to and scholarship in the field of hospice and palliative medicine. The distinction represents a minimum of five years of membership, participation in AAHPM activities, letters of recommendation, and board certification in hospice and palliative medicine.

Dr. Galfo is Medical Director at Hospice of St. Francis in Titusville, FL where she has been employed for 12 years. She received her medical degree from Oral Roberts University. She trained in Internal Medicine and served as Chief Resident for one year at City of Faith Hospital in Tulsa, OK.

Dr. Galfo will receive the FAAHPM designation during the Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association in San Diego, CA on Saturday, March 15, 2014.

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine's membership includes more than 4,900 physicians and other healthcare professionals committed to improving the care of patients with serious or life-threatening conditions. Since 1988, AAHPM has supported hospice and palliative medicine through advancement of clinical practice standards, fostering research, providing education and through public policy advocacy.


TITUSVILLE, FL – Hospice of St. Francis will be hosting the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. The Care Center is located on the grounds of the corporate office located at 1250 Grumman Place, Titusville, FL 32780. The community is invited to join the celebration.

The Hospice Care Center is a 15,000 square foot facility that will provide a high level of symptom management for hospice patients – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each of the 12-bed suites will provide adequate space for family members to visit and be complete with a private 10 x 10 porch. The care center building, with beautifully landscaped grounds, has a chapel, a playroom for children and a kitchenette for the families. Hospice of St. Francis' Care Center is the only facility of its type in North Brevard.

"We are so excited to be opening our new Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center," said Bruce Wolters, President/CEO of Hospice of St. Francis. "We will now have the ability to provide our patients with a high level of symptom management in a home-style setting. The Hospice Care Center has been one of our goals since our inception. We are fortunate that the Edward M. Poe Foundation made a significant contribution. Mr. Poe was a long-time resident of Titusville, who was tireless in helping the community. We named the Care Center in honor of him."

Pauline Taylor, Vice President Business Development


Brevard County, FL - Hospice of St. Francis announced today that Pauline Taylor, Vice President Business Development, recently was granted the Advanced Certified Hospice Executive certification administered by the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH). In order to sit for the exam, the candidate must have specified education, five years of work in hospice and a minimum of three years in an executive level position. The certification demonstrates advanced competencies for strategic positioning, financial management, and legal compliance issues required of experienced hospice administrators and senior managers, according to the credentialing organization.

"We are proud Pauline chose to seek the Advanced Hospice Executive certification," said Bruce Wolters, President/CEO of Hospice of St. Francis. "Achieving this certification further demonstrates our commitment to quality and why Hospice of St. Francis is a premier provider in Brevard County."

The California Association for Health Services at Home is the leading statewide home care association in the nation. CAHSAH was established in 1966 with a mission to promote quality home care and enhance the effectiveness of its members. Today, CAHSAH comprises approximately 584 members and 1,031 direct providers of health and supportive services and products in the home.

Established in 1977, Hospice of St. Francis is Brevard County's longest serving and only independent not-for-profit hospice. With locations at 1250 Grumman Place, Titusville and 4875 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, the hospice exists to provide compassionate, quality care for the terminally ill, support for loved ones and resources for community members faced with end-of-life issues throughout Brevard. Early in 2014, Hospice of St. Francis began accepting patients at the Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center, located at 1240 Grumman Place, Titusville. The 12-suite full service hospice care facility provides short-term acute symptom management for hospice patients, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information on these programs and services, please call 321-269-4240, toll free 866-269-4240 or visit our website at


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