The Hospice Voice Blog

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


Local Hospice Explains Grief Counseling Program

  The attacks that occurred in Orlando this past weekend brought a sense of hopelessness and deep sorrow to communities across Florida. How can people deal with grief during this difficult time? At the Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association, … Continue reading


Hospice Offers Grief Support After Orlando Tragedy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Following the devastating attack in Orlando over the weekend, the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association (FHPCA) encourages communities across the state of Florida to contact their local hospice provider for grief and bereavement services. Hospices offer … Continue reading


What is Palliative Care?

  Charles Suggs lII, MD Medical Director of Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care So you have heard about palliative care, but are unsure of what it is. Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care for people with serious … Continue reading


COPD: Helping Our Elders Breathe Easier

By Ana Sanchez, M.D., Community Hospice of Northeast Florida When it’s hard to breathe, it’s difficult to think of anything else. Floridians who live with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, may know that all too well, especially this time … Continue reading


Nominations for the Awards of Excellence Are Now Open

It’s that time again! Time to select those outstanding hospice professionals you would like to see nominated for the “Awards of Excellence“. For those who might not know, these awards are a unique opportunity  for outstanding individuals to get statewide recognition for … Continue reading


Demystify the World of End of Life Dreams

This month the New York Times  contributor Jane Hoffman delves into the centuries old curiosity surrounding dreams and visions for patients at the end of their life. It’s an area of interest that has been documented for thousands of years,  even … Continue reading


2016 Hospice Works Forum Registration is Now Open!

  Our 2016 “Hospice Works” Forum registration is now open! This is an end-of-life conference designed for administrative hospice professionals working in: Leadership Quality/Compliance Marketing/Communications Information Technology Human Resources Finance Fund Development Save $100 with the Advanced Early Bird Rate (deadline … Continue reading


Have You Had The Conversation?

By VNA of the Treasure Coast If you had to make a healthcare decision for a seriously-ill loved one, would you be prepared to do so? Could you tell a doctor, decisively, how much information to share with your loved … Continue reading


Brother At Rest Visits Seniors and Hospice Patients in Pasco County    

Brother At Rest, the painting created at the 2015 FHPCA Forum Conference, spent the past two weeks at Gulfside Hospice where it spent time among seniors, patients and families. Gulfside Hospice took the painting to a few local senior residence facilities … Continue reading