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EDWARD M. POE
HOSPICE CARE CENTER

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.

PHILOSOPHY

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 patients...support 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 patients...support 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.


OUR MAIN WEB SITE
www.hospiceofstfrancis.com


PRESS RELEASES

HOSPICE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

BREVARD COUNTY, FL -- Hospice of St. Francis is seeking caring people 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. Volunteers must attend all training classes.

North Brevard Volunteer Training will be held at 1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville 32780 on Tuesday, June 14; Tuesday, June 21 and Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

South Brevard Volunteer Training will be held at 4875 N. Wickham Rd., St. 108, Melbourne 32940 on Wednesday, June 22; Friday, June 24 and Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 4 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).


HOSPICE OF ST. FRANCIS ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING OF COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

COUNTY, FL -- Hospice of St. Francis, the longest-serving Brevard County Hospice, announced the Grand Opening of their new Community Foundation. The Grand Opening and four-chamber Ribbon Cutting will be held Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at their Melbourne office located at 4875 N. Wickham Road, Suite 108, Melbourne 32940. The public is invited to attend.

The Hospice of St. Francis Community Foundation was formed to help support the Community Outreach programs offered to all Brevard County residents free of charge, regardless of whether their hospice services have been utilized. The Outreach programs the Foundation will support include: Adult Bereavement programs, North Star — Child Grief Program, Caregiver Education and Resource Program, We Honor Veterans Program, Pet Pledge Program and St. Francis Pathways to Healthcare — Palliative Care Program.

"We are excited to have our Community Foundation up and running," said Chris McAlpine, Chairperson of The Hospice of St. Francis Community Foundation. "With all of the changes being made to healthcare reimbursement, we did not want our Community Outreach Programs to suffer. For 39 years, we have been devoted to this community, and we intend to keep growing those programs to help all Brevard County residents."

Donations can be made online at the website, www.hosfcf.org and are also accepted by mail. Donors can specify which program they want the funding to assist by designating it on their checks. Donations should be made payable to The Hospice of St. Francis Community Foundation, 1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville, FL 32780.


Brevard County TRIAD Thanks Schools for Valentines Project Success

BREVARD COUNTY, FL - Brevard County TRIAD, Inc. would like to acknowledge all who made this year's Valentine's project a huge success. Over 4,000 personally designed Valentine cards, created by area students, were delivered to skilled nursing facilities, Meals on Wheels recipients and the Seniors at Lunch programs.

The Valentines are an annual intergenerational project that brings area youth and seniors together. The cards and notes are delivered to skilled nursing facilities where residents proudly display their notes for months. If there are enough, cards are also distributed to the Seniors at Lunch programs and Meals on Wheels participants. This year, TRIAD was able to distribute cards to all three.

TRIAD extends a big thank you to Brevard County schools for participating each year. Private schools and FIT have also joined in, donating their time and talent. Aging Matters has been a great help in coordinating the distribution and delivery of the Valentines through their programs. There are many volunteers that help make this project work, and TRIAD appreciates all that was done to make seniors feel loved. To see a sample of students' creations, please go to www.BrevardTriad.org.

Brevard County TRIAD, Inc., created in 1998, is a partnership between the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, local Law Enforcement agencies and the State Attorney's Office. TRIAD is tasked with identifying and developing programs to address the needs and concerns of senior citizens in Brevard County. Issues addressed, include crime prevention, personal safety, health concerns, transportation needs and other important topics that arise as our senior population nearly doubles over the next 30 years.


Brevard County TRIAD Hosts Fight Back Brevard with Sherriff Wayne Ivey and State Attorney Phil Archer

BREVARD COUNTY, FL - Brevard County TRIAD, Inc. will host Fight Back Brevard on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Calvary Chapel, Viera Campus, located at 2852 Fellowship Place, Viera 32940. The event is designed to educate residents about crimes affecting seniors and the community. The public is welcome and admission and parking are free. Both Sherriff Wayne Ivey and State Attorney Phil Archer will speak about crime prevention, fraud, and identity theft.

Fight Back Brevard will provide area seniors and residents with important information about prevention strategies for reducing crime. Community involvement and enhanced personal safety are highlighted. Local Law Enforcement representatives will be available to answer questions, and there will be a free drawing for a cross cut shredder.

Brevard County TRIAD, Inc., created in 1998, is a partnership between the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, local Law Enforcement agencies and the State Attorney's Office. TRIAD is tasked with identifying and developing programs to address the needs and concerns of senior citizens in Brevard County. Issues addressed, include crime prevention, personal safety, health concerns, transportation needs and other important topics that arise as our senior population nearly doubles over the next 30 years.



Jess Parish Medical Foundation Donates $5,000 to Project Lifesaver

Titusville, FL - Brevard County TRIAD has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Jess Parish Medical Foundation to support the work of TRIAD's Project Lifesaver Program in North Brevard. Project Lifesaver is a program designed to assist in the tracking and locating of persons with Alzheimer's and related mental dysfunction disorders, such as Down's Syndrome and Autism. A personalized radio transmitter bracelet is worn by participants of the program, and with the use of the Sheriff's Aviation Unit and patrol deputies, participants are located should they become missing. While an estimated 5,000 Brevard County residents with memory difficulties could be eligible for the program, there are only 100 currently being served.

Joe Downs, BCSO Volunteer of the Year, for his work with Project Lifesaver, notes "Brevard TRIAD is blessed to receive this funding to cover our endangered residents in need in the northern part of the county. We will be able to serve so many more families!"

Brevard County TRIAD, Inc., created in 1998, is a partnership between the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, local Law Enforcement agencies and the State Attorney's Office. TRIAD is tasked with identifying and developing programs to address the needs and concerns of senior citizens in Brevard County. Issues addressed, include crime prevention, personal safety, health concerns, transportation needs and other important topics that arise as our senior population nearly doubles over the next 30 years.


Elizabeth T. Galfo, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, Granted the Hospice Medical Director Certified® (HMDC®) Credential

Dr. Betsy Galfo of Hospice of St. Francis BREVARD COUNTY, FL – Hospice of St. Francis' Medical Director, Elizabeth T. Galfo, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC, was recently granted the Hospice Medical Director Certified credential by the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board. Dr. Galfo was recognized for her commitment to promoting quality of life for terminally ill patients and their loved ones, by displaying professional competency as a leader in hospice.

Hospice practice includes patient care, medication management, engagement in interdisciplinary group (IDG) activities, quality assessment and performance improvement, regulatory compliance, and much more. Professional certification affirms a knowledge and experience base for hospice practitioners to display commitment to their career, dedication to patient and family care, and the sustainability of the hospice organization and industry.

Dr. Galfo is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. For the past 18 years, she has served as Senior Medical Director/Chief Medical Officer of Hospice of St. Francis. As a result of her innovation and excellence of practice, Dr. Galfo has earned the trust and respect of her colleagues, and has championed cutting-edge end-of-life care for patients and support for their families.


HOSPICE INSPIRED ARTWORK DISPLAYED AT CARE CENTER

TITUSVILLE, FL -- Hospice of St. Francis is this month's host for the winner of the 30th Clinical Conference painting contest. Brother At Rest, created by artist Jacob J. Neagle, is touring Florida Hospices in a collaborative effort to "paint the picture" of quality end of life. The painting is on display in the lobby of the Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center located at 1240 Grissom Parkway, Titusville 32780. The Care Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for viewing the painting.

When asked what inspired the artist to create the painting, he replied, "I decided to derive a painting from my experience living alongside my brother Joshua's passing last October. It was his final weeks I was able to travel to Bangor, Maine to live life alongside him, and learned firsthand what hospice meant."

Hospice of St. Francis' Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center accepted the first patient in March 2014. The Care Center is a 12-suite full service hospice care facility. Hospice of St. Francis is Brevard County's longest serving, independent, non-profit hospice with family support programs free to any Brevard County resident.


BREVARD COUNTY TRIAD LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

BREVARD COUNTY, FL - Brevard County TRIAD, Inc. recently launched their new website. In an effort to accomplish their mission" ... to mobilize community resources to enhance the quality of life of senior citizens," Triad envisions the new site to be a valuable source for seniors and their families throughout the county. The site includes resources, links, and event information. Additions to the site include a community calendar of events with drug-take back days, safety events, and shredding events.

Joe Downs, president of Brevard County Triad, shared "With the new website, the residents of Brevard County are able to have more current information about the resources we provide and those available in our community. By working in concert with local businesses and Law Enforcement, our special needs residents and caregivers have the very best source of information available."

Brevard County TRIAD, Inc., created in 1998, is a partnership between the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, local Law Enforcement agencies and the State Attorney's Office. TRIAD is tasked with identifying and developing programs to address the needs and concerns of senior citizens in Brevard County. Issues addressed, include crime prevention, personal safety, health concerns, transportation needs and other important topics that arise as our senior population nearly doubles over the next 30 years.


INTRO TO HOSPICE VOLUNTEERING

BREVARD COUNTY, FL – Hospice of St. Francis will begin offering monthly informational sessions on an Introduction to Hospice Volunteering beginning in September 2015. This is a free service and anyone considering being a hospice volunteer, now or in the future, is encouraged to attend. Participants will learn about the hospice philosophy and model of care, the history of Hospice of St. Francis, and the role of volunteers in supporting hospice patients and families. Participants will not be asked to commit to volunteering.

The Intro to Hospice Volunteering sessions will be offered at both Hospice of St. Francis office locations. The Melbourne office located at 4875 N. Wickham Road, Suite 104, Melbourne 32940 will hold their session on the third Wednesday of each month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Hospice of St. Francis office located at 1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville 32780 will hold their sessions on the first Tuesday of each month from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information and to register, contact Vicky Hamilton, North Volunteer Coordinator, or Mary Larson, South Volunteer Coordinator, at 321-269-4240 or 866-269-4240 toll free.


SPACE COAST VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE OFFERS
FREE MEDICAL & DENTAL CARE FOR THE UNINSURED

BREVARD COUNTY, FL – Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine (SCVIM), an appointment based, free non-emergency wellness clinic offers basic primary medical and dental care for uninsured residents. To qualify for services, the person must be a resident of Brevard County, be between the ages of 18 and 64, have no health insurance of any kind, not receiving Medicaid and have an annual household income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL).

Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine recognizes and respects the dignity of those in need. SCVIM's main focus of care is diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, weight control/nutrition, and gynecology. Services are limited for other health conditions.

More details on services provided can be obtained at SpaceCoastVolunteersInMedicine.org. Call 321-639-5813 to make an eligibility screening appointment. Documents needed for SCVIM to determine financial eligibility can be downloaded and printed from the website. Anyone already receiving financial assistance must bring a completely filled out "Letter of Support" form to the eligibility determination appointment.


SPACE COAST VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE
IS SEEKING VOLUNTEER MEDICAL AND DENTAL PROFESSIONALS

Brevard County, FL - Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine (SCVIM) is seeking physicians, nurses and dentists to donate their time and services. All specialties are welcome, and any amount of time offered is greatly appreciated. Providers may choose to see patients at their own office or at the SCVIM office in Viera as often as they wish. All donations of services qualify providers for Sovereign Immunity from the State of Florida. Sponsors and fundraising volunteers, in any capacity, are also a critical component and are needed, as well.

Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine is an appointment based, non-emergency clinic that provides free basic primary medical and dental care for Brevard County residents falling at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Many patients cannot qualify for Medicaid, nor can they afford health insurance. By providing this essential safety net of services, the clinic is able to meet the community's most basic needs.

SCVIM's "Culture of Caring" recognizes and respects the dignity of those in need, with an emphasis on the importance of preventative medicine and health education. They seek to heal not only physical illnesses, but also injuries caused by bias, prejudice and indifference. Working on the belief that every patient can take charge of improving their own health by making informed choices, they address ailments of the body, and if requested, support the mind and spirit by providing clients with wellness counselors and spiritual support.

All donated professional services and proceeds benefit the operation of Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, operated by a 100% volunteer staff. SCVIM's mission is to provide free medical and dental care in a compassionate and professional manner. To learn more about volunteering professional services or making a donation, call 321-639-5813.

Since opening in 2011, Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine (SCVIM) has seen over 8,600 patients and has donated more than $3 million in free medical and dental care. The clinic is funded exclusively with private donations and grants. Statistically, 20.7% of Brevard residents age 18 – 64 have no insurance coverage. 40.6% of adults in Brevard have difficulty accessing healthcare and 33.6% of the people in Brevard County live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.


TITUSVILLE TEEN VOLUNTEER RECEIVES
LETTER OF COMMENDATION FROM PRESIDENT

TITUSVILLE, FL - A Titusville teen was the recent recipient of The President's Volunteer Service Award in recognition of her volunteer work with Hospice of St. Francis. Abigail Creel, age 17, a senior at Titusville High School, was presented with a letter of commendation from President Barack Obama at the Senior Awards Ceremony on May 5, 2015. In his letter, President Obama thanked Abigail for "helping to address the most pressing needs in your community and our country."

Abigail logged over 315 hours as a teen volunteer with the North Star Program for Grieving Children, a community-based support program for children impacted by the loss of a loved one. For the past three years, Abigail has been volunteering as an assistant to the Bereavement Counselors who run weekly support groups for grieving children.

"Abby has exhibited all of the core values of Hospice of St Francis: respect, integrity, compassion, adaptability, communication and accountability, " stated Brooke Davis, MSW, RCSWI, North Star Program Coordinator. "She has been a true asset to our program."

In addition to her extensive volunteer work with Hospice of St. Francis, Abigail has also volunteered with the Key Club, Mu Alpha Theta and National Honor Society. She completed the dual-enrollment program at Titusville High School receiving her high school diploma on May 22nd, as well as her Associates Degree from Eastern Florida State College on May 14th. Abigail is the daughter of Jennifer and Derek Creel of Titusville. She will be attending Florida State University in the fall.

The North Star Child Grief Program is provided by Hospice of St. Francis, Brevard's first and only independent, non-profit Hospice. North Star, designed for children from three to 18 years of age, is a support center for children and families whose lives have been changed by the loss of a loved one. Hospice of St. Francis' support programs are free to any Brevard County resident. For more information about North Star and other support programs, call 321-269-4240, toll free 866-269-4240 or visit www.hospiceofstfrancis.com.


BREVARD COUNTY TRIAD ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD

Brevard County TRIAD, Inc., a non-profit organization, its many organizations and business partners work together to develop programs that address the issues of our growing senior population, announced the installation of the 2015 slate of officers and directors. The officers and directors of the TRIAD board were installed by Phil Archer, State Attorney, 18th Judicial Circuit, at a recent meeting.

"We have a lot of new plans for TRIAD in the coming year. Our board will work diligently on ramping up the services we provide to seniors in our community," stated Joseph Downs, TRIAD Board President. "We have already begun to work more closely with the Sheriff's Department on Project Lifesaver and with the Brevard County Joint Crime Task Force on bringing our Crime Prevention program back to the forefront. We have many more plans for reaching out to our seniors and a great board of directors to make that happen."

The 2015 Slate of Officers include: Joseph Downs, Brevard County Sheriff's Office /Westminister Asbury Retirement Community, President; Sara Leidich, TEHC Healthcare, Vice President; Laura Moody, Office of the State Attorney, 18th Judicial Circuit, Treasurer; Terry Stone, Hospice of St. Francis, Secretary; and Jennifer Helin, Seniors Helping Seniors, Public Information Officer. Directors include: Tom Barry, Titusville Police Department; Debbi Davis, Chief Investigator, State Attorney's Office; Jacquie Esterline, Levin Home Care; Terri Goodwin, State Attorney's Office; Marilyn Hayes, Community Volunteer; Norman Hayes, Community Volunteer; Ken Jones, Melbourne Police Department; Harriett Mirsajadi, Melbourne Police Department Crime Prevention Unit; Kim Scarboro, VITAS Healthcare; Tom Sawyer, SHINE; and Andrew Walters, Brevard County Sheriff's Office.

Brevard County TRIAD, Inc. is a partnership between the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, local Law Enforcement agencies and the State Attorney's Office created in 1998. TRIAD is tasked with identifying and developing programs to address the needs and concerns of senior citizens in Brevard County. Issues addressed include personal safety, health concerns, transportation needs and others have important topics as our senior population nearly doubles over the next 30 years.


Women's Center Guild Seeking Membership in Heritage Isle

VIERA, FL - The Women's Center in Brevard is reaching out to the residents of Heritage Isle in hopes of finding new members to assist in their outreach program. The South Guild of the Women's Center will be hosting a membership informational meeting on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the clubhouse at Heritage Isle. The clubhouse is located at 6800 Legacy Blvd, Viera 32940. The Guild is the fundraising arm of the Women's Center in Brevard, the members act as goodwill ambassadors and advocates, enhancing community awareness and broadening the base of financial support.

For more information and to RSVP for this event, call 321-253-9335 or e-mail RoseMaryBain@MSN.com

The Women's Center in Brevard is a non-profit, domestic violence resource center whose mission is to empower women and their families to achieve safe, healthy, self-sufficient lives by providing support, education, counseling, information and services. For more information about programs and services call 321-242-3110 or visit www.womenscenterinbrevard.org.


Grand Opening Celebration for Personalized Memory Care Community in Palm Bay, Florida

PALM BAY, FL (January 14, 2015) – Validus Senior Living™ announces the Grand Opening Celebration for its newest memory care community, InspiredLiving at Palm BaySM this Friday, January 16th from 11 am to 2 pm. The event will take place at the community located at 380 Malabar Road SW, 3 miles west of I-95. Grand Opening festivities will include a homestyle brunch open to the public featuring gourmet food stations, a custom dessert table and ice sculpture, outdoor musical entertainment in the spacious courtyard, housewarming tours, plus giveaways and door prizes. Valet parking will also be available.

Two ribbon-cutting ceremonies will take place at the event: one at 12 noon with the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce and the other at 5 pm with the Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce. There will also be a special tribute to Dr. Charlotte Willis, a beloved friend and community partner, with a dedication taking place in the Butterfly Garden at 6 pm. "In addition, there could very well be a visit from former players of the NFL, including two-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Herter," said James Brassard, Community Relations Director.

InspiredLiving at Palm Bay consists of 58 memory care suites and features leading-edge technology, personalized memory care and assisted living services, as well as customized programming specifically designed to meet the needs and preferences of its residents.

Validus Senior Living CEO Steven Benjamin states, "Our new community is the most innovative senior residence in Palm Bay and one of the most technologically advanced memory care communities ever seen in Florida. But what makes us stand out from the rest is our personal approach to care."

All memory care suites feature the latest resident location (GPS) technology, an emergency call system and keyless door locks. This cutting-edge technology enables family members to participate and engage in the care of their loved ones regardless of distance, giving them a sense of comfort and peace of mind. It also enables visiting physicians to locate their patients quickly as residents explore the expansive but secure campus.

Resident services and programming are based on a personalized care plan that focuses on the resident's choices, abilities, preferences and needs. "When we first meet with a resident, we learn about her or his life story from family members," says Michele Lyon, Executive Director at InspiredLiving at Palm Bay. "We learn all about our residents' interests, hobbies, past professions, family traditions and more," explains Ms. Lyons. "Our goal is to make them feel at home here. We want to know about those little things that make residents happy. Those little things can really make a big difference."

Community features and amenities are also designed to meet the needs and preferences of residents. Dining options feature brain-healthy foods served in either a Tuscan-style country kitchen or a more formal Vegas-themed dining room. Fresh, chef-prepared meals are served "grind dining-style," with visually pleasing, easily handled portions for those residents with cognitive, neuromuscular and chewing disorders. Dining hours are flexible with snacks and refreshments available anytime throughout the day.

The expansive, secure courtyard at InspiredLiving at Palm Bay features a gazebo with butterfly garden, beautiful landscaping with raised flower and vegetable beds, walking paths and seating areas – giving residents the option to seek out friendly conversations with new friends or to simply enjoy a little fresh air and nature on their own. Other services include daily tidying and weekly suite deep cleaning, full laundry service and on-site therapy services. Licensed nursing care is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days week.

For information on InspiredLiving at Palm Bay, please contact Michele Lyon or James Brassard at (321) 574-6290.

Validus Senior Living, a rapidly growing senior lifestyle company based in Tampa, FL, owns and operates a complete continuum of leading-edge senior living communities, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. Validus Senior Living's focus is creating vibrant and livable communities with highly personalized care based on individual needs and preferences. An affiliate of Validus Group, a private investment management firm that develops, owns and manages real estate related businesses, Validus Senior Living also provides property development, acquisition and management expertise.

For information on Validus Senior Living, please call 813-330-2660 or visit www.ValidusSeniorLiving.com.


Helping Teens Deal With Grief

SOUTH BREVARD COUNTY, FL – North Star – Child Grief Support, a program of Hospice of St. Francis, is reaching out to teens in South Brevard. The Teen Group is open to teens, ages 13 to 18, who have experienced a significant death. People are invited to share their personal experiences with grief, ask questions of the group, and provide support for the other participants. The program has a series of guidelines, including a commitment to protecting confidentiality and providing a safe and open environment for sharing.

Initial group meetings will be held Thursday, January 15 and Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The group will meet at the Hospice of St.

For more information and details about future meetings, contact Brooke Davis, MSW, RCSWI, North Star Program Coordinator, at 321-264-1687.


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 www.aahpm.org.


JOSEPH KILLIAN TO JOIN HOSPICE OF ST. FRANCIS AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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."


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.


NEW HOSPICE CARE CENTER OPENS IN NORTH BREVARD

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

TAYLOR GRANTED ADVANCED HOSPICE EXECUTIVE CERTIFICATION

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 www.hospiceofstfrancis.com.




 


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