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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.


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www.hospiceofstfrancis.com


PRESS RELEASES

Doctors' Goodwill Foundation Hosts Healthy Living Fair and Insurance Expo

BREVARD COUNTY, FL - The Doctors' Goodwill Foundation will host a Healthy Living Fair and Insurance Expo on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Hilton Rialto located at 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne 32901. The event will feature health information, health screenings and representatives from many health insurance providers. The public is welcome; admission and parking is free.

For more information, please visit www.doctorsfoundation.org or call 321-735-6492.

The Doctors' Goodwill Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization in the United States. The Foundation consists of more than 300 area physicians and health care professionals whose goal is to promote health-related education, research and participates in local and international charitable medical missions. For more information, visit www.doctorsfoundation.org or call 321-735-6492.


SPACE COAST CANCER CENTER HOSTS
FREE CAREGIVER EDUCATION CLASSES

Merritt Island, FL – Hospice of St. Francis will be offering Caregiving Education and Resource classes for current and future caregivers, their family and friend helpers at the Space Coast Cancer Center located at 8725 N. Wickham Rd., Viera 32940. The training program consists of six-90 minute class series. The class series begins Monday, October 6, 2014 and concludes Thursday, October 23, 2014. Classes will be held for three weeks on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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

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


HOSPICE OF ST. FRANCIS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

BREVARD COUNTY, FL - Hospice of St. Francis (HOSF) is seeking caring people who would like to become volunteers. No previous experience is needed. Training is provided at no cost to the participants. Volunteers are needed throughout all of Brevard County. To qualify for volunteering, you must pre-register.

We have a need for volunteers to help with the following:

  • Volunteer(s) needed to manage and organize our supply room at our Titusville office. This would require unpacking and organizing storage for supplies, tracking and assessing supply use and needs.
  • Patient/Family care volunteers are needed to make friendly visits in nursing homes, provide respite care in patient homes, make comfort calls to patients from our Melbourne or Titusville offices, and staff the reception desk at our new Hospice Care Center.
Initial corporate orientation will be held Monday, September 8, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

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


MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY SPELLING BEE FOR BREVARD COUNTY STUDENTS

Brevard County, FL – Doctor's Goodwill Foundation will host the Dwight E. Jones Medical Terminology Spelling Bee Competition/Meet the Dean event on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Rialto Hotel in Melbourne.

The competition will present students and their parents with a dual opportunity. Brevard County students from grades 5 through 12 can compete to win cash prizes. College and university deans and admission counselors will be at available to answer questions and provide information. Students studying the following curriculums are encouraged to participate: medicine, dental, nursing, nurse practitioners, physical therapy, physician assistants, chiropractic, pharmacy, allied healthcare, STEM program, technology and engineering. Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Admission is free for students and parents. For more information and registration, call 855-386-3836 or visit spacecoastdaily.com or doctorsfoundation.org. The Dwight E. Jones Medical Terminology Spelling Bee Competition/Meet The Dean is an event of Space Coast Medicine Week.

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. Since its inception, Doctor's Goodwill Foundation has helped thousands of people in need, both internationally and throughout the United States, by providing medical professionals as volunteers and medical supplies and equipment. DGF is a 501(c)3 tax exempt charitable organization.


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
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.




Hospice of St. Francis (HOSF) was the first hospice established in Brevard County. HOSF is a local, non-profit, non-sectarian organization that serves the needs of terminally ill patients and their loved ones. In addition to caring for the terminally ill and providing the North Star program for children, HOSF offers adult grief support groups, the Caregiving Education and Resource program and Partners in Compassionate Care volunteer training and assignment program. Hospice of St. Francis services are provided throughout Brevard County–north to south–free of charge to any Brevard County resident. 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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