Hospice of St. Francis, Inc.
EDWARD M. POE
Another Avenue for Uplifting the Lives of Our Patients and Their Families
HOSPICE CARE CENTER
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:
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.
- 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.
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 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.
HOSPICE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
NORTH BREVARD COUNTY, FL - Hospice of St. Francis (HOSF) is seeking caring people who would like to become hospice volunteers. Help is needed with 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 Wednesday, June 3; Wednesday, June 10; Monday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 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).
DOCTORS' GOODWILL FOUNDATION
Brevard County, FL – The Doctor's Goodwill Foundation in partnership with Space Coast Daily will again host the Dwight E. Jones Medical Terminology Spelling Bee Competition on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Space Coast Stadium in Viera.
HOSTS BREVARD MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY SPELLING BEE
Brevard County students from grades 5 through 12 can compete to win cash and prizes. Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Attendees will receive free lunch and free tickets to the baseball game that evening. Admission is free for students and parents. For more information, study guides and registration, call 855-386-3836 or visit www.spacecoastdaily.com or www.doctorsfoundation.org.
In addition to the Spelling Bee, there will be a Health Fair and lectures from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Over 100 exhibits will be available, including chances to win prizes.
Gates to the stadium will open to the public for the professional baseball game between the Brevard County Manatees and the Dunedin Blue Jays at 5 p.m. The game will begin at 6:15 p.m. The exciting professional baseball action will continue all evening, culminating with a spectacular fireworks display at 9 p.m., courtesy of the Brevard County Manatees. The game will feature fun activities between innings for the public to enjoy and win prizes.
The Doctors Goodwill Foundation (DGF) is a coalition of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, allied health workers, hospitals, healthcare agencies and area businesses that have joined together to further improvement in the health care system. They are dedicated to providing scholarships to students pursuing a career in health care. DGF is a 501(c)3 tax exempt charitable organization.
DOCTORS' GOODWILL FOUNDATION TO HOST
BREVARD COUNTY – VIERA, FL - One of the Brevard's leading charitable organizations, Doctors' Goodwill Foundation, will present "A Healthy Day at the Ball Park" - a day-long series of health-related activities for the public at Space Coast Stadium in Viera on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
"A HEALTHY DAY AT THE BALL PARK"
"This will be an annual event for our entire community, showcasing the latest in best health practices, services, products and education, to help our community find and maintain its best health," said Dr. Kanti Bhalani, Founder of the Doctors' Goodwill Foundation.
From 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., expert physicians and other medical leaders will present informative lectures on a wide variety of health topics. Some of the topics presented will be eye health, heart health, skin disease and cancer prevention. The lectures will be open and free to the public, courtesy of the event sponsors. Each lecture attendee will receive a free ticket to the baseball game and chances to win prizes and cash.
The public may browse the Health Fair located on the interior concourse of Space Coast Stadium starting at 1 p.m. There will be over 100 companies exhibiting health-related products and services, featuring the very latest information and giveaways. A wide variety of free health screenings and other free health services will be available.
The gates to the stadium will open to the public for the professional baseball game between the Brevard County Manatees and the Dunedin Blue Jays at 5 p.m. The game will begin at 6:15 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t503. The exciting professional baseball action will continue all evening, culminating with a spectacular fireworks display at 9 p.m., courtesy of the Brevard County Manatees. The game will feature fun activities between innings for the public to enjoy and win prizes.
For more information, call 321-735-6492, 321-323-4460 or visit www.www.doctorsfoundation.org.
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
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).
in Hospice and Palliative Medicine Under 40
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.
AMERICAN ADVERTISING FEDERATION, SPACE COAST
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.
ANNOUNCED 2014-2015 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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 aafspacecoast.org.
JOSEPH KILLIAN TO JOIN HOSPICE OF ST. FRANCIS AS 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:
"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."
- 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.
June 4, 2014
VIERA MANOR ALF HOSTS ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
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
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.
American Academy of 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."
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.