The Hospice Voice

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

Hospice Providers to Benefit from New Two-tiered Reimbursement Program to Begin in January

By Vanessa Orr Hospice is a unique, interdisciplinary, holistic approach to care that helps individuals with advanced illnesses and their families to deal with the medical, social, spiritual and emotional issues that arise when someone is nearing the end of … Continue reading

Awareness Campaign Helps Public Understand Hospice

  Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association (FHPCA) is pleased to announce Let Hospice Help, a new initiative to increase public awareness of hospice care in Florida. Paul Ledford, President & CEO of FHPCA, says, “We realize that there is … Continue reading

November is Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Month

TALLAHASSEE, FL – In honor of the special kind of care provided by hospice for those at the end oflife, Governor Rick Scott has declared this November as Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Month. November is an opportunity to raise … Continue reading

Advance Care Planning As a Journey, Not a Destination

Whether you’re saving up for a large purchase or training for a triathlon, you have to envision your goals well in advance, and then take small steps to reach them. To be successful, you need to have a plan. But … Continue reading

Treasure Coast Volunteer Wins Prestigious Hospice Award

Brian Logue was first introduced to hospice care when the wife of his friend fell ill. Impressed and inspired by the care she received in her last months under Treasure Coast Hospice, he began his selfless quest to become a … Continue reading

On The Road – A Work Of Art, With A Lot of Heart

Attendees at our 2015 clinical conference, “Painting the Picture: Messaging Metrics & Mission,” had a unique opportunity to witness artists such as poets, dancers, and painters perform their crafts during the “The Art of Grief” Live Art Showcase. One of … Continue reading

Get 25% Off on the Palliative Care Consultant Book

This year’s Forum attendees enjoyed a free copy of HospiScript’s Palliative Care Consultant Book. Now everyone can enjoy this comprehensive palliative care guide for 25% off the $69.99 ticket price. PURCHASE BOOK Use discount code 3H2XGAEZ   –   Discount expires … Continue reading

Announcing the 2015 Forum Award of Excellence Winners

Orlando, FL. – On May 21st, in conjunction with the 30th Annual Forum “Painting the Picture: Messaging Metrics & Mission”, Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association (FHPCA) announced the 2015 winners of the annual Awards of Excellence in Hospice and … Continue reading

We Have a New Job Board!

In a continued effort bring valuable benefits to our members, FHPCA is excited to announce that we have installed to a new Job Board ( on our website. This new FHPCA Job Board provides members more control over their listings, … Continue reading