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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.


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PRESS RELEASES

FREE CLASSES FOR CAREGIVERS

Caring for another person is often one of the most demanding experiences a person may face in their lifetime. The Caregiving Education and Resource Program at Hospice of St. Francis is a national curriculum designed specifically for caregivers by caregivers. Attendees receive the education necessary to "care for the caregiver" – both current and future. At some point in our lives, we will most likely be the caregiver for someone or be cared for by someone.

The training program consists of six-90 minute classes. Hospice of St. Francis' programs and training classes are offered at no cost to Brevard County residents.

Each class focuses on a different caregiver issue:

  • Class 1: The Experience of Caregiving
  • Class 2: Important Decisions and Communication
  • Class 3: Community and Personal Relationships
  • Class 4: Care of Self with Care of Others
  • Class 5: Meaning, Purpose and Finality of Life
  • Class 6: Grief and Bereavement
The next series of Caregiver Education and Resource Program classes will be held at the Cocoa Beach Library located at 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach 32931 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning Monday, March 10, 2014, continuing Mondays and Thursdays for three weeks, and concluding on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

To register or for more information, please contact Barbara Borman, RN. Ms. Borman can be reached at 321-269-4240 x3452, toll free 866-269-4240 or e-mail her at caregiving@hospiceofstfrancis.com.


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.

Hospice of St. Francis was founded in 1977 and serves all of Brevard County with offices in Titusville and Melbourne. It is an independent, non-profit hospice serving the pain relief and symptom management needs of patients. Hospice of St. Francis provides support programs to assist with the many needs of families with ill loved ones. For more information about patient services and support programs, please call 321-269-4240, toll free 866-269-4240 or visit www.hospiceofstfrancis.com.


FREE CAREGIVER EDUCATION CLASSES OFFERED in NORTH & SOUTH BREVARD

Titusville, FL – Hospice of St. Francis will be offering Caregiving Education and Resource classes for current and future caregivers, their family and friend helpers in North and South Brevard during February 2014. The training program consists of six-90 minute class series.

North – Hospice of St. Francis, 1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville 32780.
      Class series begins Monday, February 17 and concludes Thursday, March 6, 2014.
      Classes will be held for three weeks on Monday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

South – Hospice of St. Francis, 4875 N. Wickham Rd., Ste. 108, Melbourne 32940
      Class series begins Wednesday, February 19 and concludes Friday, March 7, 2014.
      Classes will be held for three weeks on Wednesday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 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 x 330, toll free at 866-269-4240 or e-mail her at caregiving@hospiceofstfrancis.com.

Hospice of St. Francis was founded in 1977 and serves all of Brevard County with offices in Titusville and Melbourne. It is an independent, non-profit hospice serving the pain relief and symptom management needs of patients. Hospice of St. Francis provides support programs to assist with the many needs of families with ill loved ones. For more information about patient services and support programs, please call 321-269-4240, toll free 866-269-4240 or visit www.hospiceofstfrancis.com.


HOSPICE OF ST. FRANCIS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR NEW CARE CENTER

TITUSVILLE, FL - Hospice of St. Francis (HOSF) is seeking caring people who would like to become volunteers. We are in particular need of volunteers to provide assistance at our new Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center located at 1240 Grumman Place, Titusville 32780. Volunteer opportunities are also available in other capacities.

No previous experience is needed. Training is provided at no cost to the participants. Volunteer positions are available throughout Brevard County. To qualify for volunteering, you must pre-register and attend all classes.

The Titusville Training Class will be held at the Hospice of St. Francis Corporate Office located at 1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville 32780. Classes will be held for two weeks on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; beginning Tuesday, January 14, 2014 and concluding Thursday, January 23, 2014.

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

Hospice of St. Francis is a local, independent, non-profit organization. Established in 1977, Hospice of St. Francis is Brevard County's first hospice. HOSF continues to provide care for terminally ill patients and support for their families. For more information on HOSF programs, please call 321-269-4240/866-269-4240 (toll free) or visit thewebsite at www.hospiceofstfrancis.com.


BENTON HOUSE HOSTS COMMUNITY GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

TITUSVILLE, FL – Benton House Assisted Living, in partnership with Hospice of St. Francis, is hosting a monthly Community Grief Support Group. The facility is located at 497 Washington Ave, Titusville 32796. The group sessions are available free of charge to the public. Sessions are held every 4th Tuesday each month from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

An experienced professional grief counselor will lead the group sessions. The program is designed to assist individuals and family members in understanding and working through the different emotions involved with the grieving process. All information shared is kept confidential.

For more information and to register, please call Jason Hoppenbrouwer, LCSW at 321-750-2144. Benton House will provide daycare at no cost to attendees, please contact them at 321-383-2112, if these services are needed.

Hospice of St. Francis (HOSF) is a local, independent, non-sectarian, non-profit organization. Established in 1977, Hospice of St. Francis is Brevard County's first hospice. HOSF continues to provide care for terminally ill patients and support for their loved ones. For more information on HOSF's services and programs, please call 321-269-4240/866-269-4240 (toll free) or visit our website at www.hospiceofstfrancis.com.


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."

Hospice of St. St. Francis, which serves all of Brevard County, was founded in 1977 and has offices in Titusville and Melbourne. It is Brevard's only independent, non-profit hospice serving the pain relief and symptom management needs of patients nearing end-of-life. Hospice of St. Francis support programs serve the many needs of families with terminally ill loved ones. For more information, please visit www.hospiceofstfrancis.com.


HOSPICE OF ST. FRANCIS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

MELBOURNE, FL - Hospice of St. Francis (HOSF) is seeking caring people who would like to become volunteers. We are in particular need of volunteers to provide assistance in the following: making friendly visits to hospice patients living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the Melbourne and Palm Bay area, running errands, and providing transportation. Volunteer opportunities are also available in other capacities.

No previous experience is needed. Training is provided at no cost to the participants. Volunteer positions are available throughout Brevard County. To qualify for volunteering, you must pre-register and attend all classes.

The Melbourne Training Class will be held Monday, December 2, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Friday, December 6, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday, December 13, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Classes will be held at Hospice of St. Francis' Melbourne office located at 4875 N. Wickham Rd., Suite 104, Melbourne 32940.

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


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.


NORTH STAR, CHILD GRIEF SUPPORT, SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

North Star, Child Grief Support Program, is in need of caring, compassionate adult volunteers. Program volunteers play a major role in providing grief support services. We are looking for men and women who are energetic, compassionate and patient. Volunteers must be willing to commit to the required training and screening.

North Star's children's groups meet in the evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays, at Hospice of St. Francis office located at 1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville 32780. Training will be held on the following Tuesdays: July 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., plus six (6) hours of shadowing groups is required. Volunteers are asked to commit to eight (8) hours per month.

North Star, Child Grief Support Program, is a family support program of Hospice of St. Francis. The non-denominational, free program is available to any child age 3 to 18. Children are invited to attend along with their adult family members. An adult support group meets at the same time as the children's group. More information is available at www.hospiceofstfrancis.com.

If you are interested in volunteering for the North Star, Child Grief Support Program, please contact Brooke Davis, MSW, North Star Coordinator, at 321-264-1687 to register for training.


May 7, 2013

PUBLIC TO NAME ROOMS IN NEW HOSPICE INPATIENT CARE CENTER

Hospice of St. Francis's 12-bed inpatient care center, now nearing completion in north Brevard, will meet the needs of Brevard County patients with medical conditions requiring specialized end-of-life care. Brevard's longest-serving and only independent, not-for-profit hospice, is giving area residents and organizations the opportunity to be a part of this work.

"Our care center fulfills a dream we've had for years, to extend our hospice services to inpatient care," said Samuel Haddad, Chairman of the Hospice of St. Francis Board of Directors. "For 35 years, the hospice has cared for thousands of our Brevard neighbors at end-of-life and supported their families. Our inpatient care center is a natural extension of this service."

Under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Galfo, Hospice of St. Francis Medical Director, the inpatient care center will be equipped to care for patients with medical conditions that make it difficult, or impossible, for them to remain at home. When a patient and their family are confronted with pain and symptoms that are difficult to control, "the care center will be equipped and staffed to manage the special needs of these patients, to provide them with comfort and dignity, and to serve their families as well," Dr. Galfo said.

Construction on the inpatient care center began in August 2012. Some 15,000 square-feet in size, it will contain 12 patient rooms each with a private screened porch, a chapel, a counseling room, a room exclusively for use of patients' families, and rooms for multiple other functions. The care center will be staffed, around the clock, by physicians and medical professionals, who specialize in end-of-life care. The full-time staff will be supported by a corps of volunteers that will help with things such as greeting families, visiting patients, and providing administrative support.

"Brevard residents can be part of the new care center through financial contributions that will enable any of the center's patient suites or other rooms to be named for a specific person or organization," said Bruce Wolters, Hospice of St. Francis President and Chief Executive Officer. "We believe many people are seeking ways to do positive things in our county, and this is an important project to support. The entire care center building and each room within it can be named, with tributes placed, in memory of a contributor's loved one. Organizations that support our work on behalf of Brevard residents and their families can also participate."

"All the money, every cent, we raise through this program will be used to help fund ongoing operations, the vital daily work of caring for patients. A contribution to the Hospice of St. Francis inpatient care center is an exceptional way for a person or organization to do something important for the community," Wolters said. "It will support compassionate, loving, and exceptional care and will uplift the lives, of patients and their families. The tributes to loved ones that will be read by everyone who comes within the care center's walls will touch and uplift lives for generations."

For information about the Hospice of St. Francis inpatient care center and the opportunities to make donations, contact Pauline Taylor, VP-Business Development, at 321-269-4240.

Hospice of St. Francis serves patients throughout Brevard County with offices located in Titusville and Melbourne. For more information on services and programs, visit www.hospiceofstfrancis.com.





 


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