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Hospice of St. Francis, Inc.


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

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

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

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


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

The Principles of Hospice Care are:

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

Hospice of St. Francis, Inc.

Care for for loved ones.

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

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

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

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

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




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."

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.

9 a.m. - Insurance Update by Wellcare
9:20 a.m. - Macular Degeneration by Dr. Frank Venzara, FL Retina Specialists
9:35 a.m. - Navigate Your Insurance Needs by Mark McDermott, President, Health Market
9:50 a.m. - You do not have to live with Accidental Bowel Loss (ABL) by Dr. Marja Sprock, Central FL Urogynecology
11:05 a.m. - Eye Disease & Protecting Your Eyesight by Dr. Hetal Vaishanav, The Eye Institute
11:20 a.m. - Managing Your Pain by Dr. Ashish Udeshi, FL Pain Institute
11:35 a.m. - Cancer & Wellness by Dr. Duff Sprawls, Space Coast Cancer Center

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


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

North Brevard's First Training Class will be held at 1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville 32780 on Monday, November 10, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

South Brevard Training will be held at 4875 N. Wickham Rd., St. 108, Melbourne 32940 on Friday, November 14, Wednesday, November 19 and Friday, November 21, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

June 4, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Pauline Taylor, Vice President Business Development


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

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

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

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


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