The Hospice Voice Blog

PalmettoGBA offers day of online learning for hospice providers.

Medicare Part A, Part B and home health and hospice providers are encouraged to register for MayFest, a virtual spring education event presented by Palmetto GBA. On May 19th three back to back webinars will be provided on the following hospice-related … Continue reading


Florida Representative Plakon Receives 2020 Hospice Champion Award

Tallahassee, Fla., January 26, 2021 – Representative Scott Plakon (R-Seminole County) was presented with the 2020 Hospice Champion Award by Paul A. Ledford, Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association (FHPCA) President and CEO.  This award is bestowed upon Florida Legislators for outstanding support and advocacy for hospice care in Florida.  “Representative … Continue reading


FHPCA Announces 2021 Officers and Committee Chairs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association (FHPCA) is pleased to announce the Executive Committee for 2021.  Paul Ledford, FHPCA President and CEO said, “Each of the members serving on the Executive Committee brings invaluable expertise and leadership to … Continue reading


Florida Senator Baxley Receives 2020 Hospice Champion Award

Tallahassee, Fla., November 9, 2020 – On November 5, 2020 Senator Dennis Baxley (R-Marion, Sumter, and Lake Counties) was presented with the 2020 Hospice Champion Award at Hospice of Marion County in Ocala.     This award is bestowed upon Florida Legislators for outstanding … Continue reading


Governor Ron DeSantis and FHPCA Recognize November as Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Month

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., November 3, 2020 – Governor Ron DeSantis has declared November as Hospice and Palliative Care Month in Florida. 139,865 patients received hospice care throughout Florida in 2019, and a continual increase is expected in the years ahead. Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association … Continue reading


FHPCA Announces 2019 Officers and Committee Chairs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association (FHPCA) FHPCA is proud to announce Executive Officers and Committee Chairs for 2019. The Committee Chairs execute key strategic plan initiatives of FHPCA’s mission to ensure excellence and access to hospice care. … Continue reading


FHPCA Recognized Representative Charlie Stone for Championing Hospice and Palliative Care

OCALA, Fla., Nov. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — On October 11, in conjunction with Hospice of Marion County’s “Uptown Hoedown” Gala and fundraiser, Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association presented Rep. Charlie Stone (R), Ocala, with a “2018 Hospice Champion Award.” The event took place in Marion County’s Southeastern Livestock Pavilion.  … Continue reading


Governor Rick Scott Signs Proclamation Commemorating Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Month

  TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Governor Rick Scott has declared November as Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Last year, more than 137,351 patients received hospice care throughout Florida. Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association is pleased to join hospice providers across … Continue reading


Florida Representative Travis Cummings Receives 2018 Hospice Champion Award

  JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 10, 2018, /PRNewswire/ — Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association presented Rep. Travis Cummings (R), Orange Park the “2018 Hospice Champion Award” on August 23rd. The “Hospice Champion” Award is granted to those who display dedication to public service in assuring access to … Continue reading


FHPCA Recognized Florida Senator Denise Grimsley for Championing Hospice and Palliative Care

Tallahassee, Fla.—During the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association’s (FHPCA) fourth quarter Board Meeting at Hilton Bayfront in St. Petersburg, Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith presented Senator Denise Grimsley with the Hospice Champion Award. FHPCA recognized Senator Grimsley’s role … Continue reading


FHPCA’s How We Care Campaign Brings Awareness to Hospice and Palliative Care Services 

November is Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Month Tallahassee, FL – Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association joins hospice organizations across the state to bring awareness of hospice and palliative care services. Last year, over 130,000 patients received hospice care in Florida. … Continue reading


Florida Hospice Programs Implement Hurricane Preparedness Efforts

Tallahassee, FL. – Today Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association (FHPCA) President and CEO Paul Ledford made the following statement regarding Hurricane Irma and emergency preparedness efforts: FHPCA President and CEO Paul Ledford said, “Floridians are carefully watching the hurricane … Continue reading


FHPCA Recognized Florida Representative Gayle Harrell for Championing Hospice and Palliative Care

Tallahassee, Fla.—Today, during the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association’s (FHPCA) third quarter Board Meeting & Retreat at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Legislative Aide Karen Sweeney accepted the Hospice Champion Award on behalf of Florida Representative Gayle Harrell. … Continue reading


Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association Receives Trailblazer Award from NHPCO

Trailblazer Award Recognizes Outstanding Achievement of a State Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Alexandria, VA, July 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association received the Trailblazer Award from National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization at its annual Council of States … Continue reading


FHPCA Awards Grant to Explore Attitudes about Hospice in Hispanic Community

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association announced the recipient of FHPCA’s research support grant, Opus Care of South Florida. This research project will seek to understand the key factors that influence end-of-life decisions in the Hispanic community including beliefs and … Continue reading


FHPCA Presents Six Awards of Excellence to Distinguished Hospice Programs and Professionals at 2017 Forum

Orlando, FL. – Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association (FHPCA) announced the recipients of the Awards of Excellence in Hospice and Palliative Care at this year’s Forum. The Awards of Excellence program provides a venue for hospice professionals to honor … Continue reading


FHPCA Recognizes Former AHCA Secretary Liz Dudek with Outstanding Public Service Award

Orlando, Fla.—Today, during the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association’s (FHPCA) quarterly Board Meeting in Orlando, the Board presented Liz Dudek with the Outstanding Public Service Award in recognition of decades of dedicated public service and her commitment to assuring … Continue reading


Exclusive Film Screening at Forum 2017

    Seven Songs for a Long Life  Director comes to Forum 2017 Dr. Amy Hardie is a internationally award winning documentary film director whose latest film Seven Songs for a Long Life,  follows five patients in a large Scottish hospice. … Continue reading


FHPCA’s House Bill 539 Passes Subcommittee Hearing

Today, FHPCA’s House Bill 539- “An Act Relating to Hospices” passed the Florida House Health Innovation Subcommittee. This bill addresses quality measures, prescription drug disposal after a patient’s death, and palliative care services to non-hospice, seriously ill patients. Here’s the … Continue reading


Registration for 2017 Forum is Open

Video: Our Forum Planning Committee is preparing for you!   Our Forum Website is now live and you can register for your spot at FHPCA’s Annual Forum! Whether you are a seasoned hospice professional or have just begun your career … Continue reading


FHPCA Recognizes Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Month

“Let Hospice Help” initiative increases public awareness of hospice care in Florida Tallahassee, FL –Governor Rick Scott has declared November as Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Last year, over 126,000 patients received hospice care in Florida. Florida Hospice and Palliative … Continue reading


FHPCA Awards Grant to Strengthen Advance Care Planning in the Jewish Community

FHPCA Awards Grant to Strengthen Advance Care Planning in the Jewish Community One-Year Grant Will Help Suncoast Hospice Expand Outreach Efforts Tallahassee, FL –Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association announced the recipient of the first FHPCA research support grant, Suncoast … Continue reading


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month, and FHPCA wants to remind women everywhere to get tested early. The American Cancer Society recommends that all women over the age of 40 get an annual mammogram and a clinical physical examination. For … Continue reading


Florida Hospices Enact Storm Emergency Plans to Keep Patients Safe

In a span of a month, two hurricanes have battered Florida’s coast. Recently, Hurricane Matthew left the Northeast Coast with damaged homes, fallen trees, dangerous flooding, and power outages. Severe weather can come to our doorstep at anytime and that’s … Continue reading


“The New Yorker” Pens Piece Giving Rare Insight into Hospice Care

 From “The New Yorker” By Larissa MacFarquhar A TENDER HAND IN THE PRESENCE OF DEATH  The daily work of a hospice nurse, who treats the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of people at the most vulnerable point of their lives.  Heather … Continue reading